Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

Document Section Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Blue Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Policy 6 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID DLPP760
Respondent Graham Simpkin Planning (Graha… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 07 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

On behalf of Andrew Tickle

Policy 6 relates to ¡®safeguarding places for wildlife and nature¡¯. This policy is poorly worded. Areas

designated for their wildlife/habitat value have clear hierarchy which should be reflected in the policy

wording. SAC¡¯s, for example, should have a different legal and policy framework to SSSI¡¯s that are not part

of Natura 2000, or local designated sites. These differences should be clear.

The section titled ¡®new development¡¯ should be amended as follows:

1. Replace ¡®retaining the existing:¡¯, with ¡®incorporating key ecological features, such as:¡¯

2. Replace ¡®no net loss in biodiversity value¡¯, ¡®net gains for biodiversity¡¯. Biodiversity value

would be challenging to measure!

3. Replace ¡®trees and vegetation¡¯ with ¡®trees and vegetation assessed as having particular value for

amenity or protected species¡¯.

4. Replace ¡®connections to offsite blue green infrastructure¡¯ with ¡®on and offsite ecological


5. Delete ¡®nesting sites¡¯. It is illegal to destroy an active nest, but this is different to retaining

nesting sites. Instead development can introduce nesting sites on new buildings (at an

appropriate height and on an appropriate elevation; some species prefer south-facing and others

north facing), conserve hedges and other features attractive to nesting birds, or introduce species

that will be valuable nesting or feeding sites in the future.

The policy should also mention the importance of careful siting and design of lighting to avoid harm to

nocturnal species.