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Good News and Bad News

posted 29 Feb 2016, 13:12 by David Taplin

First of all, the good news.


Wealden District Council have just won its legal battle to stop the 103 house development proposed for Steel Cross.  

WDC originally refused Knight Developments Ltd permission to build within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2013. Last year the  developers took their case to appeal and were granted outline planning permission.

However on Wednesday WDC successfully won the battle at the High Court and overturned the planning inspectorate decision.

The land proposed for development lies within the AONB. Although the main focus of attention was the perceived effect on the Ashdown forest  due to increased public footfall and traffic pollution, Crowborough Conservation was concerned about the important populations of protected species including Dormice and reptiles present within the proposed development site.  

Also of concern was the affect on wildlife within the nearby Crowborough Ghyll and Palesgate Meadow caused by the inevitable increase of predation by domestic cats. 


The worrying news is that the government are proposing to cease funding the Police National Wildlife Crime Unit.

The NWCU investigates all forms of wildlife crime including badger persecution, poaching, bird of prey poisoning, egg collecting and illegal trading of animals. The NWCU also co-ordinates wildlife investigations  with other organisations such as RSPB and RSPCA.

There is currently a petition to save the NWCU :