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Representations on VALP Proposed Submission - NE1 Protected sites
OBJECT Natural England (Ms Kirsty Macpherson)
There is no requirement for the
monitoring and evaluation of
biodiversity or GI works. Installing
the required plants and physical
works is only the first stage. How
will you know if implementation was
successful? How will you know if the
GI is providing the ecosystem
services it was designed for? How
will you know if the habitat created
SUPPORT Wendover Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (Mr Jonathan Clover)
The SG generally welcomes the above Policies and looks to develop its own local
policies to enhance and protect the green environment appropriately.
OBJECT Wendover Parish Council (Jane Ellis)
All protected sites need an area around them to function without impact from development and it is to be hoped that this will be upheld in future planning approvals. Connectivity between sites is also necessary to maintain healthy populations of fauna and flora.
Wendover Woods is a geological site which should be protected. The derelict Thames Water site on Aylesbury Road is a non-statutory designated site, it should be protected.
SUPPORT Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (Mr Neil Rowntree)
We support these policies which are necessary in order to comply with NPPF requirements regarding biodiversity and the natural environment, and the NERC Act (2006) duty with regard to biodiversity.
Note that we are aware that the Natural Environment Partnership (the NEP, which is the equivalent of a Local Nature Partnership in Buckinghamshire) is asking for a modification with respect to the supporting text of Policy I1 Green Infrastructure. We support that modification which in the interests of brevity we do not repeat here - please refer to the NEP response.
OBJECT Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board (Dr Lucy Murfett)
The title is unclear, it could refer to other protected sites eg historic environment or protected employment sites. NE1 does not reflect the increased weight being given to ancient woodland and veteran trees.
NE1 should not just be about SSSIs, ancient woodland and ancient trees, it should establish a hierarchy including European sites (SACs) and assign them appropriate weight, in order to follow the advice in NPPF Para 113 "Distinctions should be made between the hierarchy of international, national and locally designated sites, so that protection is commensurate with their status and gives appropriate weight to their importance"
OBJECT AOTRA (Mr Adrian Harford)
Policy NE1 gives protection to 'ancient' trees. 'Ancient' is not defined but the NPPF uses the term 'Veteran' trees, which it defines as a tree which, because of its great age, size or condition is of exceptional value for the wildlife, in the landscape, or culturally. The word 'ancient' should therefore be replaced with 'veteran' in Policy NE1.
Policy NE9 gives protection both to any 'trees' and 'veteran trees'. The reference to 'veteran trees' here is unnecessary duplication and so it should be deleted.
SUPPORT Mrs Sheila Bulpett
All protected sites need an area around them in order to function without impact from development and it is to be hoed that this will be upheld in future planning approvals. Connectivity between sites is also necessary to maintain healthy populations of fauna and flora.