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//5
Respondent C Brabner-Evans [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Jan 2019
Comment

The Woodland Trust would like to see specific commitments to the protection of ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees as well as commitments to enhance these species rich environments.

Ancient woodland is defined as an irreplaceable natural resource that has remained constantly wooded since at least 1600 AD. The length at which ancient woodland takes to develop and evolve (centuries, even millennia), coupled with the vital links it creates between plants, animals and soils accentuate its irreplaceable status. The varied and unique habitats ancient woodland sites provide for many of the UK's most important and threatened fauna and flora species cannot be re-created and cannot afford to be lost.

The recent review of the NPPF gives ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees outside of woods the highest possible level of protection from development, exceptional only, which puts it on a par with the historic environment. We would like to see this clearly referenced within the plan.

Further we would welcome a broad commitment to protect and enhance trees, hedgerows, woodland, field boundaries and wildlife corridors. Where possible these features should be retained and where it is not possible a robust replacement standard should be set.

Summary
Would like specific commitments to the protection of ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees.
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