PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

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Natural England (L Horner) 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Environmental Quality Addressing Climate Change in South Somerset Biodiversity and climate change Biodiversity and climate change Policy EQ1

  • Comment ID: 1354
Previously we have commented that Natural England supports policies such as EQ1 that take account of the impacts of climate change. Climate change is the most serious long-term threat to the existing natural environment and the impacts of climate change should be fundamental to decision making within spatial planning. In addition to the measures already included in Policy EQ1, we suggest specific mention is made of the need to incorporate significant green infrastructure including street trees,
Natural England (L Horner) 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Environmental Quality Design/General Development Design/General Development Policy EQ2

  • Comment ID: 1355
Previously we have drawn attention to the impact design can have on bat populations and other wildlife and said Development proposals, extensions and alterations to existing buildings, structures and places should ensure that habitat features that are used by bats and other wildlife are maintained so that the design does not cause severance or is a barrier to movement.
Natural England (L Horner) 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Market Towns - Vision and Proposals Local Market Towns - Langport/Huish Episcopi What will the Local Plan Deliver? Langport/Huish Episcopi - What will the Local Plan Deliver? Policy LMT2

  • Comment ID: 1356
As stated in our previous response regarding the Habitats Assessment, policy MT4 from a Habitat Regulations perspective is considered to be stronger than absolutely necessary and there are questions over how this policy could be monitored to trigger the release of land and therefore its soundness. In addition, specific restrictions regarding protection of wintering birds at Wet Moor have now been incorporated into the policy.
Natural England (L Horner) 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Introduction Habitats Regulation Assessment Habitats Regulation Assessment

  • Comment ID: 1357
I refer to previous comments regarding the Habitat Regulations Appropriate Assessments in relation to the Somerset Levels and Moors SPA and Bracket's Copse SAC in my letter dated 10th and 31st May 2012 and note that the advice has been incorporated into the relevant policies. I therefore consider on the basis of the information and policies that Natural England has been consulted on, the Core Strategy is in compliance with the Habitat Regulations Assessment.