Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q2. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1018753//3
Respondent Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Jan 2019
Comment

Natural England is in the process of identifying a route for the England Coast Path through North Somerset, which will provide improved public access to the Severn Estuary. The ECP route as currently envisaged would include a section of new public access to the south of Clevedon. Natural England has identified important high tide roosts for SPA bird species along this stretch of the coastline, which are vulnerable to disturbance. As such, suitable mitigation measures will be needed to protect birds and will form part of the ECP proposals to the Secretary of State. We would expect the ECP HRA recommendations will be an important consideration when considering the effects of new development in Clevedon.

The Contingency site to the east of the M5 at J20 is in close proximity to Tickenham, Nailsea & Kenn Moors SSSI and Court Hill SSSI. Norton Wood, which includes areas of ancient woodland, and beyond that Gordano Valley SSSI (and NNR) are located to the north of the site. Development in this location has the potential to significantly impact on sensitive habitats and an important ecological corridor used by birds, bats and other wildlife.

Further information will be needed to understand the likely environmental effects of development of this site and to inform future proposals.

Summary
Site to the east of the M5 at J20 is in close proximity to Tickenham, Nailsea & Kenn Moors SSSI and Court Hill SSSI. Norton Wood, which includes areas of ancient woodland, and beyond that Gordano Valley SSSI (and NNR) are located to the north of the site. Development in this location has the potential to significantly impact on sensitive habitats.
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