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 Woodlands and Forest Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1599
Woodland and forest * • The LPR states that SSDC has 5% coverage vs Somerset's 9% overall coverage. The Woodland Trust sets out a recommended target for towns and cities to achieve 20% tree canopy cover in an agreed, achievable timescale. (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/03/tree-canopy-cover-results/) * • Need to identify where trees can be planted in the district without impacting on valuable grassland habitats; perhaps field and park edges.
Natural England (C Dyke) 18 Sep 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 1726
We suggest that part ii of this policy could be more explicit about the level of protection afforded to irreplaceable habitats. NPPF paragraph 175 point c. states that only if there are wholly exceptional reasons development may be approved. We would also like to point out that if secondary woodland would be unavoidably lost, the replacement woodland would in every case need to be of a significantly greater scale and quality than the original woodland, unless other biodiversity net gain measures
Celia Hastie 18 Sep 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 1607
I feel saddened to read how SSDC don't seem to take the residents needs on board when considering yet more housing in a beautiful village, now viewed a Rural Centre. At the Area East Committee meeting when discussing the development of one of these areas in the SSDC Preferred Options doc., tree considerations were mentioned as one of the areas of concern, and at this meeting the planning application was turned down by the councillors. However, things move on, and people leave their positions an
Woodland Trust 16 Sep 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 1581
Policy EQ7 - Woodland and Forests While we welcome the commitment at EQ7i to ensure no net loss in woodland area (per 2005 levels), we would strongly encourage an ambitious target for new woodland creation. In light of the Climate and Ecological Emergency and the timing of South Somerset embarking on a Green Infrastructure Strategy. we would welcome the opportunity to discuss a collaborative approach to delivering and securing an ambitious target for native woodland creation through and beyond
Brynley Andrews 10 Sep 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 1302
The local plan does not properly engage with the need for environmental conservation of the green assets we have, climate & eco mitigation action, and is contains serious mistakes relating to the district wood/forest cover and carbon footprint, which totally skew the reasoning and make the proposals weak. This all needs putting right. In general the local plan is, from a environmental perspective, very weak. Please contact me for specific details. Thank you