But first, let’s begin with a big thank you!
More than 7000 of you have added your voice to our campaign, and had your say on Network Rail’s lineside strategy. The review itself was the result of a 100,000 strong petition raising concerns over Network Rail’s current management of lineside vegetation.
The campaign drew attention to Network Rail’s lack of biodiversity targets and low levels of replacement planting as well as its overall approach. Your responses, as always, have been essential.
Planning changes come into effect!
There has been a change to planning legislation from the 1st October which we need to take note of.
The window for responding to planning applications has shortened as applicants will need to be notified of any pre-commencement conditions (conditions which must be completed before works can start) 10 days before a decision is made.
This means our responses to planning applications must be submitted within the consultation period provided. The knock on effect of the changes is that the Woods Under Threat team will need to know about any threats to ancient woods and trees as soon as possible; else our comments may not be taken into consideration by the Council.
Mulberry relocation in Tower Hamlets
Despite the added protection of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) a veteran black mulberry in Tower Hamlets has been approved for translocation to make way for a housing development.
We opposed this development as we hold concerns for the tree’s long term health if moved.
We will be keeping a very close eye on the outcome of the translocation and the welfare of the black mulberry to see if it survives the ordeal.
If you spot any similar threats to ancient woods or trees, you can let us know before it’s too late.