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 DLPP906
Respondent Seal Parish Council (Tim Marti… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 06 Sep 2018
Current Status Accepted

3 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature

A new paragraph is needed at page 50 after 3.10 as follows:

"The Council is the lead partner in the ‘Sevenoaks Greensand Commons’ project which has been awarded a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve, improve and promote the Commons that fall under the Council’s management. The Commons cover over 300ha from Hosey Common in the west to Seal Chart in the east. They are connected to the long distance Greensand Way and to the National Trust properties of Chartwell, Emmetts, Knole and Ightham Mote. As well as being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Commons are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and/or Local Nature Reserves because of their ancient woodland and open heathland. The partnership project will focus on community engagement to enhance both the Commons themselves and the access to them, including walking and cycle routes and to create ‘safe lanes.’ The Commons are an exceptional resource for recreation and wildlife, and the project is an opportunity to create a much improved asset which the Council will support".

The Supporting Evidence listed before paragraph 3.1 should include

"Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project"

Amendment to Policy 6 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature

The following should be added to the list of Designated Areas in the first paragraph:

  • Sevenoaks Commons


The text after the list of Designated Areas should be amended as follows:

"Opportunities will be sought for the enhancement of biodiversity and ‘wild places’ through the creation, protection, enhancement, extension and management of sites. In particular the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project is an opportunity to create a much improved asset for residents and visitors which the Council will support as lead partner".