I see that Walshaw Moor Estate has made a planning application to build a livestock building and a stone access track.
How sensitive of them at this time. There are quite a few local objections and I gather that NE are a bit worried about this too. To be fair, as best I can make out, this proposal stops at the SPA and SAC boundary – though it’s a little difficult for me to tell with the mapping tools available to me. That does not, of course, mean that there is no impact to the SAC or SPA and any developer would have to satisfy the authorities of no impact before such an application should be given permission.
The public can object to this proposal up until 10 August.
But it does remind me that everything has gone quiet on the RSPB complaint to Europe over burning of blanket bog. How is it going I wonder? Has our government got a robust defence for its position on consenting burning regimes at Walshaw Moor and many other moors across the north of England?
What’s happening? I think we should be told.
What’s happening with our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting? Today it has passed 9,700, 9,800 and 9,900 signatures. What’s the next milestone – ah yes 10,000? And at 10,000 Defra need to write their response telling us all to go boil our heads.
Are you sure you’ll need that new road, Mr Bannister?