Comment ID 2155
Document Section Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Environmental Quality Design/General Development Design/General Development Policy EQ2 View all on this section
Respondent Somerset County Council Enviro… View all by this respondent
Response Date 08 Aug 2012
Do you consider the DPD is Legally Compliant?
Do you consider the DPD is Sound?
If you have responded that the DPD is unsound, Do you consider the DPD is unsound because it is:

Paragraph 12.33 states that the NPPF requires a strategic policy to deliver conservation and enhancement of the natural and historic environment. It then goes on to describe the South Somerset Landscape Strategy. However, a landscape strategy does not necessary deliver the requirement for the landscape-scale planning for biodiversity required by Policy 117 in the NPPF. There is the possibility that landscape policy can conflict with ecological functioning. Therefore it is considered that the Local Plan does not include the requirement for landscape planning of biodiversity in the NPPF although an SPD is under consideration for ecological networks and biodiversity offsetting.

Policy EQ2 – General Development

Policy beginning, ‘Developer’s must not risk the integrity of internationally, nationally or locally designated wildlife and landscape sites’ does not recognise that impacts are more likely on species’ populations in the wider countryside especially those of European importance. South Somerset District Council would require full survey information to determine such applications with a view to their obligations under the Habitats Regulations as afore mentioned.

What changes do you suggest to make the DPD legally compliant or sound?
If your representation is seeking a change, do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination?
If you wish to participate at the oral part of the examination, please outline why you consider this to be necessary: