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Harwich port wrangles continue

Proposals for a major container port scheme at Bathside Bay near Harwich are heading for a major conservation battle now that much of the site's mudflats and salt marsh have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. (SSSI).

Last week, Hutchison Ports UK Ltd submitted three planning applications to Tendring District Council for land-side elements of the project, which is due to be considered at a public inquiry starting at the end of the year.

D-I-Y conservation advice

Planning Aid for London has just published an easy-to-read guide covering conservation planning and the legislation underpinning the current historic buildings regime.

Welsh wind farm faces local opposition

Plans to extend a Welsh windfarm that originally attracted no objections and won praise from ministers as an example of good, small-scale community enterprise has run into opposition.

Proposals to build a further 11 turbines at the Moel Maelogan windfarm near Llanrwst in North Wales, owned by three local farmers, has been attacked by a protest group as "a blot on the landscape".

The newly formed group is called CLOUT (Conwy locals opposing unnecessary turbines).

Roger Milne

1st May 2003

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