Category Archives: Lodge Hill

Medway Council love birds, as long as they are not Nightingales

As Nightingales return to England, the Brexit juggernaut lumbers on, crushing all dissent as it goes. But the resulting mulch is full of contradiction and confusion. Take our current commitments to protecting Birds for example. Until 2019 (and perhaps for … Continue reading

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Turning point for Lodge Hill? Land Securities walks away, bird conservationist leads Medway Council

Quiz of the week: what connects The collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly, John Keats and The Large Gold Case-bearer? The answer lies in these pictures.                 Yes, it’s Lodge Hill on the … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th unlucky for Medway Council: Lodge Hill planning permission called in

It is great news that today the Department for Communities and Local Government have decided to call in Medway Council’s planning permission for Land Securities to build a new town on the Ministry of Defence site at Lodge Hill, on … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down and Lodge Hill demonstrate that Natural England must Notify every site which qualifies as SSSI

      Offham Down SSSI ploughed to grow Flax 1997 (http://www.eco-action.org/history/offham/offham.html)   When the Wildlife and Countryside Act was introduced in 1981 in order for the UK to comply with the European Union’s Birds Directive, nationally and internationally important … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill latest: Medway writes back to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pleading against a Call-in

I have just been sent a copy of the letter which Medway Council has sent to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, responding to his request for information just before christmas, about Medways plans to build a 5000 house new town on … Continue reading

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Another SSSI to be trashed? Councillors approve solar farm on Rampisham Down

            Rampisham Down SSSI  (c) Miles King   While we wait to hear whether Brandon Lewis will decide to call in the planning permission granted by Medway District Council for the new town on Lodge … Continue reading

Posted in Eric Pickles, Lodge Hill, Military Land, Natural England, public land, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms, SSSis, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

Lodge Hill: Statement to the House of Commons

Originally posted on Mark Reckless | UKIP:
Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood) (UKIP): It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce), who I am sure speaks for the whole House in her moving and compelling contribution.…

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Rampisham Down SSSI Solar Farm: latest developments

I’m taking a close interest in two major developments on public or former public land,  threatening newly designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Lodge Hill, and Rampisham Down. In the case of Lodge Hill, the local Council officers recommended the … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill latest: Housing Minister Lewis ruins Christmas for Medway Planning Committee members

The battle of Lodge Hill has gone a bit quiet since the Rochester and Strood byelection, when all the candidates except Labour were clamouring to be seen as the one true defender of Lodge Hill, despite the fact that both … Continue reading

Posted in Brandon Lewis, Eric Pickles, Lodge Hill, Military Land, Natural England, RSPB, SSSis | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

New Model Army Garden Cities?

      Abercrombie’s County of London Plan   A while ago now (5 or 6 years), I was involved in helping the previous government develop their greenspace plans for Ecotowns. Yes it was a disastrous policy because the places … Continue reading

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