South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

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Jane Durney 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1597
Biodiversity * • Commit to developing a map for a Nature Recovery Network in Somerset (i.e. identifying existing habitats and opportunities to restore, enhance and connect them) (https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/nature-recovery-network) and requiring new development to contribute to this through habitat creation within landscaping. * • Commit to a target for 25% net biodiversity gain using the Defra metric or other locally adopted metric (http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/602
Natural England (C Dyke) 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1725
We advise that you revise this policy to reflect the NPPF. In accordance with NPPF paragraph 171, the policy should should distinguish between the hierarchy of international, national and locally designated sites. This can be achieved through setting out criteria against which proposals for development on or affecting protected wildlife or geodiversity sites or landscape areas will be judged. Distinctions should be made between the hierarchy of international, national and locally designated site
Natural England (C Dyke) 18 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1735
We agree with the HRA's assertion that the essential water level conditions of the SPA could be unbalanced by additional development as projected in the plan. It is noted that generic policy EQ1 refers to the use of SUDS but this in no means provides the required strong protection of the balanced water levels in the SPA. We also note the recommendations of the HRA to strengthen generic biodiversity policy EQ5 and to add some text regarding the quality of SUDS. However, we consider that the plan
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1480
The issue of improving energy efficiency of new houses was formerly addressed well by the Code for Sustainable Homes. This has been lost and nothing has replaced it. A new local design guide is needed and one element of it should be to ensures houses are built in such a way that they are oriented in a way that can make maximum use of solar gain not only now, but so that they can take advantage of future developments in household energy management. Building materials themselves have a climate im
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 809
The issue of improving energy efficiency of new houses was formerly addressed well by the Code for Sustainable Homes. This has been lost and nothing has replaced it. A new local design guide is needed and one element of it should be to ensures houses are built in such a way that they are oriented in a way that can make maximum use of solar gain not only now, but so that they can take advantage of future developments in household energy management. Building materials themselves have a climate im
Woodland Trust 16 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1580
Policy EQS - Biodiversity While supporting this policy section, we note that there is no explicit requirement that developments deliver net gains in biodiversity. We strongly recommend that this wording is included to mirror the NPPF, and a target and approach identified to deliver Government's pending mandating of 10% net gains using the Defra metric.
R S 15 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1311
With regard to policy SS1 clause iv Villages As villages are sensitive areas for development: * There should be an identified need for additional housing in the particular village * Any development should be small scale and commensurate with the size of the village * Any development should not adversely affect the character of the village and should be of a type and style appropriate to a village setting * Any development should be low density and of a type to promote a sense of well-being in
Somerset Ecology Services 08 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 220
We have reviewed the current biodiversity policy in the Local plan and consider that it is in need of updating as Government policy has moved on from the last iteration and several references concerning biodiversity are no longer valid. In place of the current text and policies we would recommend that South Somerset adopt the following: Biodiversity and Geodiversity The District Council recognises the value of our natural assets. Within the district there are xx Sites of Special Scientific Int