Letters/ e-mails of Support
For Lammas’ Third Submission
This is our last go at achieving planning permission through
Pembrokeshire’s Low-Impact Development Policy 52. Even a brief
letter would help us hugely in our endeavour to make this a
reality not only for us, but for you, as well. Help us demonstrate
that there is support from all over the country and around the
world for this project. Let's create a viable, visible precedent!
Please write to:
Pembrokeshire County Council
1B County Hall
Include the following planning reference in your letter: 08/0962/PA
And simply indicate your support for the project. If you are
able to add your reasons for supporting the project, please
do. Don't forget to include your full name and postal
Hard copy in the form of letters has quite an impact on the
Planners, and in the likelihood of an appeal, on the Planning
Inspectorate, but if all you have time for is email then you
can compose it as follows:
Subject: Registering Support for 08/0962/PA
Message: I would like to register my support for the Lammas
THEN ADD YOUR NAME AND FULL POSTAL ADDRESS
You are of course welcome to add any extra comments about why
you think it's a good thing. Cc'ing us in will mean that we
can keep track of how many supporting letters we have. If you
can email document files of hard copy letters, while not absolutely
necessary, that would be helpful, as well.
If you know anyone else who would be inclined to support us
then please let them know.
All letters need to be received by Christmas Eve
Pembrokeshire Climate Change
Lammas members, Jasmine Saville and Paul Wimbush presented
the Lammas proposal to attendees of a local climate change day
in Narberth. Paul and Jasmine reported a great turnout of people
with lots of support for the project.
Third Time Lucky
On 21st November, 2008, the Lammas group
submitted their third application for a low-impact hamlet of
smallholdings in Pembrokeshire.
Project coordinator Paul Wimbush said;
“We are simply determined to succeed. We have now spent
over 700 days working with Pembrokeshire County Council and
will do whatever it takes to get this project up and running.
Unfortunately the Council have been very obstructive to date
but we are optimistic that this may change. They have created
a new low-impact policy that allows new-build eco-smallholdings,
now they just need to let people use it.”
In March 2008 Lammas submitted an application
for 9 eco-smallholdings and community hall near to the village
of Glandwr, North Pembrokeshire. In September the group was
refused planning permission and had then tried to appeal to
the Welsh Assembly.
However, due to a ‘technical oversight’
on the part of Pembrokeshire County Council, the application
was registered without an “access statement” and the Planning
Inspectorate ruled that the group could not appeal because without
this statement, the application was not valid.
In an attempt to resolve the situation
the group had written an open letter to Jane Davidson, Minister
for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, asking her
to intervene. However, she was unable to intervene due to the
same technicality, which effectively rendered the application
“Its ridiculous that innovative projects
like this face such bureaucratic hurdles. It would have been
easier to apply for a power station” said Cassandra Lishman,
one of the project organisers, “We have spent two years
in the planning system and have not yet had a fair hearing.
This is a brilliant project that deserves a chance.”
The new application is more than 1,500
pages long and includes reports from the Soil Association, WWF
and leading experts in permaculture.
Project Coordinator Paul Wimbush goes
on: “This application is really important for Pembrokeshire
and the fact that last time we received over 850 letters of
support demonstrates that. We are facing a global sustainability
emergency and business as usual is not an option. We need innovative
research projects like this so that we can work out how to create
a green society.”
Please help us demonstrate the importance
of this application to the planners by writing a letter of support.
A Prosperous Way Down?
Exploring Green Economic Futures for Wales
A One-Day Conference on Wednesday 28th January 2009 at City
The range and complexity of problems that face us as we attempt
to achieve a sustainable Wales can seem insurmountable. But
positive solutions are available, and here in Wales we have
the historic opportunity to build a new economy which generates
real, lasting wealth without costing the Earth.
The aim of this one-day conference is to raise awareness of
the wide range of alternative economic approaches available
to policy-makers. With contributions from some of Wales and
the UK’s leading Green economists and Futures specialists, we
will explore what Wales could look like if our economic planning
was rooted in an evidence-based understanding of the limits
to growth, and oriented around a creative and positive response
to the challenge of post-carbon living.
The conference is free and open to anyone who wants to help
envision a green, equitable and sustainable economic future
To register by Friday 16th January 2009 please contact Tom
Thornton at Science Shops Wales
Tel: 01443 654526
A Green New Deal
This excellent report was published by the New
Econmics Foundation earlier this year. It anticipates the economic
difficulties experienced this autumn and outlines a plan to
address the 'perfect storm' of climate change, peak oil and
the credit crunch.
The title and inspiration for the report come
from Roosevelt's New Deal program which brought America out
of the great depression with unprecidented public spending.
The Green New Deal suggests a similar level of public investment,
this time in 'green' technology funded by corporate taxation.
It also describes a radical restructuring of accounting and
banking systems with a move back to much smaller, community
The report recommends that our government had
one year in which these measures could be introduced to avoid
more serious catastrophy. It is available to buy, or download
from the New Economics Foundation website.
NEW BOOK OUT NOW
Low Impact Development: The Future in our hands; £5
Low Impact Development is an idea whose time has come. A radical
form of sustainable housing and livelihood which is in tune
with the natural environment, it offers us innovative solutions
for the environmental, social and economic challenges of the
This book outlines the what, why and how of Low Impact Development
In addition to exploring its potential, the book contains inspiring
stories from those who have put Low Impact Development into
practice, and plenty of ideas of how you can get involved.
Edited by Jenny Pickerill and Larch Maxey,Lammas’ Research
Coordinator, the book includes contributions from Simon Fairlie,
Tony Wrench, Simon Dale and many more.
Copies are available from: http://lowimpactdevelopment.wordpress.com
£5 for A5 hardcopy or download PDF