Development Control: the musical

Driving to a tedious meeting about planning applications today The Ranger pumped up the stereo, and up popped one of his old favourites, (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads, from their 1988 album Naked. In a moment of epiphany, he realised that this old foot-tappin’ tune was in fact all about the Town and Country […]

Natural England to recommend right of access to England’s coast… and pay for it?

It seems remarkable, but just a short while after the end of the seemingly interminable hurly-burly of creating the open access land facilitated by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, Natural England are sticking their heads well and truly above the parapet and recommending that the government …provide Natural England with the powers […]

Barker planning review: wildlife safe in our hands..?

Readers will not need The Ranger to draw their attention to the radical proposals made via HM Treasury in the Barker review of the planning system. The Guardian explains: Under proposals put forward by the economist Kate Barker, planning permission will be easier to obtain for new airports, supermarkets and other large developments. Ms Barker, […]