AN environmental campaigner has urged communities to save their green spaces while there’s still time.
UK common land campaign group the Open Spaces Society (OSS) has condemned the Welsh Government’s draft Planning Bill which proposes to pave the way for development of open spaces by changing the law for registering land as a town or village green.
Former Flintshire councillor and OSS member Klaus Armstrong-Braun said: “The draft Bill would remove protection for all open space enjoyed by the public.
“I implore people to bombard the Welsh Government with objections.”
At present, local people can apply to register land as a town or village green if they have enjoyed it for 20 years for informal recreation, without being stopped or given permission.
Once registered, the land is protected from development.
But Nicola Hodgson, case officer for the Open Spaces Society said Welsh Government proposals would mean “introducing these damaging changes to the law”.
She said: “They will mean that once much-loved land is threatened with development. It will be too late for local people to save it.”
Mr Armstrong-Braun said under the new law, once a planning application or planning proposal had been submitted on a piece of land, it would then be too late for communities to try and register the land as a green.
And he said it was the urban areas that would suffer most.
“Once they’ve used the land for houses, people are living in a zoo. It’s like a prison or a concrete jungle.”
Mr Armstrong-Braun said people needed to think seriously about registering land as a green before the February 25 consultation deadline.