Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q54. Are there any other policy areas you feel need to be considered – either new policies, or amendments to an existing policy? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21389473//1
Respondent C Brabner-Evans [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Jan 2019
Comment

The Woodland Trust believes that, in the context of high levels of proposed housing and infrastructure growth, it is essential to protect our existing woods and trees, particularly irreplaceable ancient woodland, aged and veteran trees. It is also an opportunity to increase canopy cover by integrating trees into new developments and creating new woodlands as part of the green infrastructure offer.

These issues are particularly significant in North Somerset which has areas of ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees outside woods, home to key species such as greater and lesser horseshoe bats. Any loss or damage to these irreplacabe habitats would devastate the wildlife that depends on them. There would be significant benefits from woodland creation to extend, buffer and protect habitats and to promote biodiversity and connectivity.

We would welcome much greater emphasis in the North Somerset Local Plan on the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

 

Summary
More emphasis required on protecting the natural environment
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