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March 8, 2013

This is a ghastly situation. Please lobby your MP today!

CampaignerKate

We are running out of time to stop the evil effects of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.  It has reached report stage in the House of Lords and the opportunities to change it are now few.  It looks like the government will get away with false claims that these changes are needed to permit development.

Take village greens.  Clause 14 of the bill will outlaw applications to register greens on land which is threatened with development.  The government claims that greens applications are delaying or thwarting development.  Yet on BBC One’s Countryfile, recorded on 19 October the day after the bill was published, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, said: ‘We’ve had a few cases where late in the day there have been these vexatious applications [for greens], there has been a completely genuine planning application and it’s been stopped.’  A few cases

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