Petition against felling Oakdown Oaks for J7 warehouse

A Change.org petition against the felling of a number of mature oak and other trees to make room for the planned warehouse next to Junction 7 of the M3 has gathered over 89,000 signatures – see https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-destruction-of-67-oak-and-3-beech-trees-at-oakdown-farm-warehouse-site/u/28959291  

BTN Hustings 21st April for Borough Council elections 6th May 2021

Watch the hustings (here or on YouTube) and find our how the candidates answered the questions put to them. The next three years are the most critical 3 years in modern times. The Climate Emergency, post-COVID, is the key election issue. The first council elections for 2 years are upon us. And, on May 6th,… Continue reading BTN Hustings 21st April for Borough Council elections 6th May 2021

South West Basingstoke – Why Restoring Nature Means Planning Differently

Basingstoke must do much more to put nature recovery, biodiversity, accessible green spaces and a healthy environment at the heart of the planning process. The recently published Vision for South West Basingstoke does not conform to national planning policy for protecting and restoring biodiversity and deserves root and branch revision. The issues raised are not… Continue reading South West Basingstoke – Why Restoring Nature Means Planning Differently

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Basingstoke Transition Network

At Basingstoke Transition Network (BTN) we believe we can work together to find ways to reduce our carbon emissions and develop sustainable lifestyles while building a resilient and flourishing local community. We also wish to protect the natural environment and promote improved bio-diversity and nature conservation within the borough.  BTN is part of the Transition… Continue reading Basingstoke Transition Network

2020 Air Pollution report from Borough Council

The Council issued its statutory report on air pollution for 2020 (actually covers 2019 and is dated June 2020)  which is accessible from its page: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/air-quality Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign has reviewed it and notes the following points: 12 sites commenced monitoring air quality in 2017 (including in Bramley and Chineham but mostly on busy… Continue reading 2020 Air Pollution report from Borough Council

Hampshire 2050 Partnership

https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/visionforhampshire2050 The Hampshire 2050 Commission of Inquiry reported in 2019, and more recently, on 21st July 2020, held a meeting on “Creating a Sustainable Hampshire”, the report of which is here: https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/visionforhampshire2050/hampshire-2050-partnership/21-july-2020 This (virtual) meeting looked at five key areas: Rebuilding a more sustainable economy Cutting air pollution and promoting active travel Creating greener, digitally… Continue reading Hampshire 2050 Partnership

Borough Council consultations on Local Plan and Climate Change/Air Pollution

BTN urges its supporters to comment on the Borough Council’s consultations on the Local Plan, and on Climate Change and Air Pollution.  See: (a) Local Plan Update – deadline Monday 9th November https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/issues-and-options (b) Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy – deadline Sunday 15th November https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/climate-consultation BTN will be considering its collective response on Tuesday… Continue reading Borough Council consultations on Local Plan and Climate Change/Air Pollution

Government white paper “Planning for the Future”

From Sheila Peacock, secretary, BTN: I spent an afternoon reading the government’s proposal for reforming the English planning laws, which are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-planning-system https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future Deadline is 11:45 pm on 29th October (that will be GMT since the clocks goback the previous Saturday – so you get an extra hour to ponder it – !!) There… Continue reading Government white paper “Planning for the Future”

Green Homes Grants

The government is inviting applications from up to 600,000 homeowners or landlords to be given out in grants of up to £5k covering up to 2/3 of the cost of home improvements to increase energy efficiency or supply low-carbon heat.  See https://greenhomesgrant.campaign.gov.uk/?utm_campaign=green_homes_grant_2020&utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=google&utm_content=search-051020 You have to find a registered installer via TrustMark at https://www.trustmark.org.uk Another useful… Continue reading Green Homes Grants