Rail company withholding information
Usually, we’d expect more detailed information on a project of this significance and potential impact. But EWR is choosing not to share.
They did offer to tell us more - if we signed a non-disclosure agreement promising not to share the information with you, our supporters!
Naturally, we refused. It’s unthinkable that we would ever withhold information that could help these irreplaceable habitats.
Instead, we launched a campaign to make sure you could help. It was a quick-fire affair, with less than a week for supporters to submit responses. But, as ever, you didn’t let us down! Over 3,300 of you took part to demand that ancient and veteran trees should be protected and that EWR should release the maps to help us do exactly that.
Success stories around the UK
We’ve also had some good news in the last month.
At School Wood in Buckinghamshire, an application for housing in ancient woodland has been rejected.
This decision was made solely on the basis of direct loss of ancient woodland. It even quoted the revised wording (paragraph 175) of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). It’s great to see this legal protection working. Read our blog about the NPPF changes.
There’s been more good news in Scotland too. Argyll and Bute Council has rejected an application partly based on impact to ancient woodland.
On a separate application, it requested that a buffer should be put in place between a development and ancient woodland, based on our advice. This will reduce the impact of light, pollution, litter and noise that can disturb ancient woodland flora and fauna.
In Wales, a proposed poultry unit has been recommended for refusal by the planning committee. The application threatened ancient Coed y Gopa Wood with ammonia pollution.