Have a look at this - it really shook me . Of what are these fruit and nut cases thinking ?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/01/06/nwood06.xml
Council approval needed to meditate
By David Sapsted
A Buddhist has been told that he needs planning permission before he can meditate in woodland he owns.
Edward James, 51, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, bought the half-acre wood overlooking the Crouch estuary near Hockley so that he and a few friends could sit cross-legged and meditate among the trees for about half an hour at a time. However, an objection was lodged with the council.
The Essex Wildlife Trust objected because it feared trees were being damaged, including the removal of "old and long-established ivy". A local resident expressed concern because several vehicles were turning up at the site with would-be meditators.
"The whole thing has got ridiculously out of hand," said Mr James, who retired recently after a career working backstage in theatres.
"I was told I would need planning permission because it was a change of use from woodland to meditational woodland. I had to fill in the same forms that you would need to build a skyscraper."
His application for a change of use will be considered by Rochford district council planning committee tonight. Council officers have recommended that it be approved.
"Our only conditions are that no more than one vehicle be allowed in between sunset and sunrise and that there be a limit on the number of people who use the site so that residents will not be disturbed," a spokesman said.
Mr James said that, apart from the district council, Essex county council, English Nature and the Essex Wildlife Trust all had to be consulted over his application.
With apologies - someone is going to have to fix that URL for me Bobby ? Prodromos ??