A new inclosure-movement?

Please take time to read this entry by Kate on the potential further loss of our green areas. I have to admit to being unaware (but not surprised) of such moves afoot behind the scenes of the murky world of planning and politics


A century and a half ago we thought the inclosures were coming to an end—about the time that the Open Spaces Society was formed.

Indeed, I said as much in Japan to an international audience on commons, and commiserated with those nations that are going through the pain we suffered in our inclosure movement: wild land developed or fertilised, rivers dammed for reservoirs, forests felled, indigenous communities dispossessed.

In reality, we now face a revival of the inclosure-movement.  The list of the government’s anti-green attacks on access and open spaces lengthens by the day.

Mean-minded attack
The planning minister Nick Boles (who led the mean-minded attack on village greens in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013) now clearly favours the dilution of national park authorities’ planning powers to prevent locally-backed development.

And the environment secretary Owen Paterson is trying to move the goalposts to enable more development in national parks…

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