Exclusive: Leading planning lawyer calls for Green Belt to be scrapped

first_imgOne of the UK’s most senior planning lawyers has called for the Green Belt to be scrapped and described it as ‘the worst thing that ever happened to the economics of this country’.David Cooper, who has won several landmark planning cases in the worlds of commercial and residential property, is most famous for negotiating Arsenal FC’s move from its original Highbury home to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.But the lawyer’s latest project is a personal campaign to lobby for major reforms to the UK’s planning laws and help solve the housing crisis.This began with a letter to The Times in March this year in which he mauled the government’s new national planning framework.This, he says, will not solve the real problem of a ‘scarcity of land with planning consent in the right places’.“This has been caused primarily by planning restrictions, and in particular the policy of retaining the Green Belt,” his letter said.Totally releasedBut Cooper (pictured, left) has told The Negotiator that he is now calling for the Green Belt to be “totally released” and that “we shouldn’t have it at all”.“I am a great cynic about the planning policy; 99% of the [housing] problem is caused by the Green Belt and it’s there to protect the middle classes from social housing and property developers and all the nasty people that they don’t want anywhere near them,” he says.“There’s so much wrong with housing legislation I don’t know where to start. The whole thing is topsy-turvy.”His views are directly at odds with the Council for the Protection of Rural England, which for many decades has defended the Green Belt.“Many reports focus on weakening Green Belt protection to allow greater freedom for large housebuilders,” it says.“However, the arguments within these reports are based on a highly selective reading of the evidence and give little consideration to the wide range of benefits provided by Green Belt policy.” david cooper Green belt CPRE August 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Exclusive: Leading planning lawyer calls for Green Belt to be scrapped previous nextLand & New HomesExclusive: Leading planning lawyer calls for Green Belt to be scrappedDavid Cooper says planning restrictions at heart of the Green Belt policy are one of the key reasons for the UK’s housing crisis.Nigel Lewis21st August 201901,423 Viewslast_img read more

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O.C. Alumni Association Gets Ready for “Red & White Weekend”

first_imgFormer coaches and football alumni enjoy a past Red & White Weekend celebration. (Courtesy Marcia Shallcross McCulley) The Ocean City Alumni Association will celebrate its 11th annual Red & White Weekend on the weekend of Oct. 18-20.The weekend festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 18 with a pre-game football rally from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the practice football field.The rally will include food, free face painting, free giveaways to show school spirit and Johnson’s Popcorn. Veterans will be recognized on the field prior to kickoff of the 6 p.m. football game vs. Triton. Veterans should check in upon arrival.The Alumni Association will honor Susan Rumer Peifer, OCHS Class of 1964, for her dedication to her hometown and alma mater.The rally is sponsored by AtlantiCare and open to all fans, alumni and the community. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center.For more information call Marcia Shallcross McCulley at 609-425-2911. Additional weekend activities include a Red and White Social hosted by the Ocean City Education Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7-10 p.m. at Josie Kelly’s in Somers Point.Visit www.OCNJEF.com for tickets or more information.The weekend is topped off with a luncheon honoring the new inductees in the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 in the OCHS Auditorium, with the awards ceremony at noon followed by a luncheon.Inductees include 10 OCHS athletes, one coach and one OCHS team, including: Coach Gary Degenhardt, 2010 Baseball Team, Don Tarves, Scott Lipford, Lauren McHale, Melody Sye, Casey Beyel, Joi Johnson, Joe Myers, Miles Schoedler, Jill Kozakowski and Robyn Fortsch.Contact Geoff Haines, OCHS athletic director, to purchase luncheon tickets at 609-399-1290.last_img read more

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Watch Stephen Colbert Rip Into Ticketmaster Settlement

first_imgTicketmaster has been all over the news recently with their free ticket voucher code program, a result of them losing a class-action lawsuit for overcharging fans. After the free-ticket voucher-code program had it’s ups and downs over the past few days, with many fans complaining of an inability to use their vouchers, Ticketmaster announced that the program was closed, and that half of the $10 Million-worth of tickets they were required to deliver to fans had been fulfilled. Then, this morning, it seems they secretly re-opened the voucher program with more eligible events added to their list, and, off course, the majority of the shows (and most of the ones worth going to) sold out immediately, leaving most fans back where they started.With all of the public ups and downs of this lawsuit that affects the majority of concert-goers since 1999, Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show on CBS, addressed the Ticketmaster lawsuit scandal in his opening monologue last night. He really let it rip, getting in good shots on Guns’n’Roses, Smash Mouth, and the mostly low-quality of events that the ticketing giant is offering as part of this program.Watch the full video of Stephen Colbert discussing Ticketmaster below:last_img read more

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7 New COVID-19 Cases Linked To Fredonia Beaver Club, Health Department Says

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Fredonia Beaver Club / Facebook.MAVYILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department says that seven cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend are linked to a social outing at the Fredonia Beaver Club.County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says Fredonia Beaver Club closed on Saturday for two weeks for deep cleaning and to ensure appropriate COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place.She says anyone who frequented the club in the last two weeks is advised to be extra vigilant with social distancing, masking and hand washing and should contact their health care provider if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.“Sporadic cases at various social clubs, especially in the north county, have been an issue but this is the first time we’ve seen cases from a single club reach cluster designation so rapidly,” said Schuyler in a statement.  “Clubs are not exempt from following the rules; members must work harder to protect one another.” Those who test positive are ordered into mandatory isolation and anyone named as a close contact of someone who tests positive is ordered into mandatory quarantine, explains Schuyler.In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 related to identified clusters in the north county, a free, rapid testing clinic will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Murphy Training Center on the Dunkirk Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk.The quickest way to get an appointment is to schedule on the New York State Department Health’s website. Those without internet access may call 1-866-604-6789 for scheduling assistance.This outbreak response clinic is possible because of limited rapid testing supplies provided to Chautauqua County by New York State. Testing is free and appointments are required.Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department on Monday, that in addition to 18 from over the past weekend.Health officials say there are now 93 active cases, with 21 people hospitalized.Of the new cases, six are in Fredonia, three in Dunkirk, two in Jamestown, two in Cherry Creek, two in Westfield and one in Bemus Point, Silver Creek, Lakewood, Portland, Forestville, Cassadaga and Stockton.Since the outbreak started there have been 1,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 15 related deaths and 1,081 people have recovered from the virus.last_img read more

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NY Winter Virus Plan Will Eye Hospitalizations, ICU Beds

first_imgImage by Don Pollard / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that officials are working on a winter plan for the coronavirus that will add metrics for how the state designates virus hot zones.Cuomo said the state will continue homing in on small geographic areas where virus cases are a particular problem to avoid imposing broad statewide restrictions, considering factors such as the hospitalization rate and the availability of ICU beds.“We’re going to stay with the micro-cluster approach because that targets the spread, minimizes economic impact and stresses individual and community accountability,” the governor said. “That’s working very well, and all the experts think that is state-of-the-art.”Cuomo spoke a day after the state recorded nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases and 67 new deaths — 15 of which occurred in Erie County, which includes Buffalo and has continued to see spiking numbers. As coronavirus cases continued to climb, organizers of SantaCon said Thursday that the annual holiday flash-mob-meets-pub-crawl in New York City that was scheduled for next month has been canceled.“All of the reindeer got the ’rona,” a post of the event’s website says, “so the elves have advised Santa to hold off on the in-person merriment.”Still, Cuomo insisted New York is “doing phenomenally well” compared to the rest of the country.The Democrat said New York’s winter plan will also look at ways to keep schools open by evaluating a safe positivity rate as well as determining the levels of testing at schools needed over the winter months. The winter plan also will outline how vaccines will be distributed as they become available.On Wednesday, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision barred the state from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas that had been labelled as virus hot zones. The high court sided with religious organizations in the state who said that while attendance was limited for worshippers, other businesses in state-designated red zones could remain open without capacity limits.Cuomo said the ruling was “irrelevant from any practical impact” since the red zone restrictions have been removed, and it was “more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else.”“Why rule on a case that is moot and come up with a different decision than you did several months ago on the same issue? You have a different court. And I think that was the statement that the court was making,” he said.Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn’s Catholic diocese hailed the ruling, saying the limitations don’t “really make sense when you look at the volume of space we have in our churches.”“Our diocese has been very strict in the enforcement of the rules that keep people safe,” DiMarzio told reporters. “We in no way want people to get sick in our churches.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Cuomo Arrived Secretly in Buffalo on Thanksgiving to Celebrate with Girlfriend, brought his mother, Williamsville to be exact… Orange zone…last_img read more

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Hair, Megan Hilty and More Set for Summer at the Hollywood Bowl

first_img View Comments The Los Angeles Philharmonic will let the sun shine in at the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 Summer Series. The iconic ’60s musical Hair, with a score by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, will be presented on August 1 and 2. Hair follows a group of free-spirited youths who passionately preach a lifestyle of peace, love, freedom and happiness in a society that they see suffering from intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. The musical features such memorable numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine.” The most recent Broadway revival occurred in 2011.center_img The Summer Series will also include the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, featuring Steve Martin; Broadway’s Megan Hilty singing Bernstein & Gershwin on July 10; a Grease Sing-A-Long on July 13 hosted by original Frenchy Didi Conn; and a concert tribute celebration of 20 years of Dreamworks animation hosted by Jack Black on July 18 and 19.last_img read more

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A Streetcar Named Desire, Starring Gillian Anderson, Eyeing New York Run

first_imgGillian Anderson, who headlined Tennessee Williams’A Streetcar Named Desire at London’s Young Vic this summer, has revealed that the show is aiming to play in New York in 2016. “We’re looking for a theater that can take our revolving set,” the stage and screen star told the Daily Mail. Joshua Andrews, who co-produced the mounting with the Young Vic, confirmed to Broadway.com that “discussions are ongoing and it is very much the intention to give this acclaimed production of an American classic a life in the US.”Directed by Benedict Andrews, Anderson played Blanche DuBois, with Broadway alum Ben Foster (Orphans) as Stanley Kowalski. No word yet on whether Foster would cross the Pond with the production, which was filmed by National Theater Live and broadcast worldwide in the fall.Best known for her work on her hit sci-fi series The X-Files, Anderson’s stage credits include Absent Friends at MTC, The Philanthropist at Long Wharf Theatre, What The Night Is For (West End debut), The Vagina Monologues, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, A Doll’s House and the Mark Rylance-created fundraiser We Are One—a celebration of tribal peoples.Streetcar tells the tragic story of fragile former teacher Blanche, who leaves her family plantation house and moves to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella and Stella’s animalistic husband, Stanley. She quickly learns tough lessons in the seamy underbelly of the 1940s French Quarter. The classic play was last revived on Broadway in 2012 starring Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella and Blair Underwood as Stanley. View Commentslast_img read more

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Chile and Argentina Evacuate Populations near Copahue Volcano

first_img On the Argentine side, the small village Caviahue-Copahue, the closest town to the volcano, remained evacuated since May 27, in case of a possible eruption. The Chilean authorities in charge launched an emergency evacuation plan to move about 2,240 people living in a 25 km area around the volcano, although some farmers had initially refused to leave their homes, for fear of leaving their animals unprotected. The Copahue, standing at 2,965 meters, is in the middle of the Andes range, 358 km from Neuquén, capital city of the Argentine province of the same name, located 1,582 km from Buenos Aires. Generally, “the Copahue volcano displays few (seismic) events, but since May 26 it has been noted that more than 100 seismic events per hour have taken place, such as small tremors, but considering the frequency and that the released energy is more alarming than usual, this process is considered as a potential future eruption,” Luis Lara, head geologist of the ‘Riesgo Volcánico de Sernageomín’ program, told Cooperativa radio station. On May 28, the plan called for the evacuation of about 700 people to be placed in shelters after being transported in military trucks, and the departure of the 2,240 affected was expected to be completed by the following day. On the Chilean side, the volcano is located at about 500 km to the south of Santiago, in a difficult-to-reach area, where some Pehuenche aboriginal communities live as well. By Dialogo May 30, 2013 About 600 inhabitants from Caviahue-Copahue moved on their own, or were transported to the neighbouring villages of Loncopué (at about 50 km) and Las Lajas, Neuquén governor, Jorge Sapag, explained. On May 28, Chilean authorities started to evacuate residents near the Copahue volcano on the border area with Argentina because many locals had refused to abandon their animals, while the Argentine population had already left the dangerous area in view of the high probability of an explosive eruption. “Vulcanologists estimate that an eruption may occur within minutes, hours or days, so we will monitor the volcano’s activity during the first three days to know what is happening inside of it,” Sapag added. In the afternoon, authorities agreed with the villagers to protect the animals and decided to continue with the evacuation process on May 29, working quickly to take maximum advantage of daylight hours. last_img read more

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Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for March 2017

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Pluto in your 10th house – your practical ambitious plans revolve around money. You’re more than willing to manage someone else’s money – and can do wonders with it. The accent now is on gaining the trust of an influential person who will provide backing. The lucky number is 8.Taurus – Pluto in your 9th house – the sky’s the limit! You won’t be restricted by any petty thinking as you travel, make long-range plans, and expand mental boundaries. Leave the past and its problems behind; walk away instead of arguing. Aries and Libra are on hand.Gemini – Pluto in your 8th house – you’ll get a chance to prove yourself to a partner, mate or associate. Curb a tendency to go out on a limb or make impulsive decisions. A low profile and steady solid efforts are most likely to impress another. Study a legal document thoroughly. The lucky number is 4. Cancer – Pluto in your 7th house – your head will be in a spin. You’ll be witty, creative, and anxious to talk about the one you love. A group or organizational meeting is the scene of much wit and good feelings. Romantic wishes could come true in an unexpected way. Count on number 5.Leo – Pluto in your 6th house – stick with strong conviction this month. You have a keen, good sense about a business proposition; figure out a shrewd plan of action before you make a move. It’s especially essential to know if a key executive is with you; you’ll find out in a confidential chat.Virgo – Pluto in your 5th house – your sense of humor is spotlighted. You’ll feel free, unfettered, and will draw people to you who appreciate your happy-go-lucky attitude. A parent or parental figure may be a wet blanket but could keep you from over-extending your self. The lucky number is 5.Libra – Pluto in your 4th house – don’t believe everything you hear. A financial offer has strings attached that are not visible now. You’re in the mood to believe the best of everyone. Your special sensitivity could be best used to investigate the mysteries of life. A Pisces offers insight.Scorpio – Pluto in your 3rd house – you’ll be more cautious about dealing with distant places and strangers. Go slow, don’t force yourself beyond a comfortable range. A visit to an old neighborhood provides nostalgic moments and a poignant meeting. Contact a Cancer person.Sagittarius – Pluto in your 2nd house – you attract someone with a taste for healthy, gourmet foods, and a peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy the month; you’ll benefit through a special gift that shows true depth of affection. A family matter will be adjusted smoothly; don’t worry about it. Number 6 pays off now.Capricorn – Pluto in your 1st house – a leadership role can take you places. You’ll see new sights and learn new facts. Your philosophy of life becomes more joyous and love-oriented. A romantic interest wants to travel with you and explore beyond your current boundaries. Number 1 is the best.Aquarius – Pluto in your 12th house – you’ll work behind the scenes or in a matter requiring much secrecy. You’ll be a good detective, counselor, or researcher. Someone who comes to you with a tale of woe needs encouragement, not criticism. Offer valid suggestions. The lucky number is 7.Pisces – Pluto in your 11th house – a public appearance requires your more serious, practical side. Someone in an authority position is watching to see if you carry through with tasks as promised. Shrewd thinking helps you overcome difficult obstacles that arise. Leo plays a major role.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-783-6771 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page.last_img read more

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Data takes flight at Wings Financial

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Member intelligence is driving an evolution in the member experience at Wings Financial Credit Union ($5.1B, Apple Valley, MN), which has gone all-in on using data to act and serve.“Member intelligence is a broad concept,” says Mike Lindberg, who leads the credit union’s Strategic Analytics & Member Insights team. He says Wings’ search for clarity in member intelligence and experience is focused on understanding:In what ways does Wings currently provide value to members?How do members want to see value from Wings?How can Wings position itself to improve value to members?The Twin Cities credit union is gleaning insight from personal interactions — in person and digitally — and actively building its internal analytics skills while working closely with vendors advancing their own offerings in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and visualization software.last_img read more

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