Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Planning Application

When we arrived back to The Patch after a couple of music festivals in mid July we were surprised to find a planning enforcement notice attached to the new roof we had erected.  It turns out that as we have less than 5 hectares we need to submit a planning application even for a small agricultural building like the one we have built.  It has taken a little while to understand the requirements,  gather the information and find the confidence to do the technical drawing myself but this weekend we made the submission online to Breckland Council.  Fingers crossed.  As well as the drawing which I really enjoyed doing I have learnt how useful google sketchup can be for 3D design.  Check out the pics.

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Ecocide – The 5th Crime against Peace

“ECOCIDE: the extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished”.

Back in July this year I read an article in Permaculture Magazine about an amazing lady called Polly Higgins.  She is a barrister, author and the creator of a new law to protect the earth – Ecocide.  On 30th September there was a mock trial, Ecocide Vs Living Planet, in the UK Supreme Court.  The results of that can be viewed here (Link lost, changed to TED talk).  Find out what you can do here.