Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

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Natural England (Victoria Huth) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/485
  • Status: Accepted
Allocated Sites Allocated sites AS1/003, AT1/001, SN1/005, SN1/006, SN1/012, ST3/004, ST3/012, ST4/002, ST4/009, ST4/010 and ST4/019 could potentially have an impact on Staines Moor SWLWB SPA/Ramsar/SSSI due to their proximity and/or development size. It will need to be ensured that there will be no high rise buildings in very close proximity to Staines Moor SWLWB SPA/Ramsar/SSSI, as this could potentially disturb the overwintering wildfowl for which the SPA is designated. It will also need to b
Rachel Rae 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/309
  • Status: Accepted
We certainly support the intentions that this policy is aiming to achieve, and are pleased to see reference to both green and blue infrastructure provision being sought. However, we do not feel this policy goes far enough to ensure it has a positive effect on biodiversity. A numerical commitment to biodiversity net gain is required in order to be in line with upcoming Environment Bill. We would support a 10% target for biodiversity net gain and the use of Natural Englands Biodiversity Metric 2.0
Terence O'Rourke (Alex Chapman) 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/530
  • Status: Accepted
Paragraph 1 highlights that development proposals will be expected to contribute to biodiversity through clearly demonstrating improvements when submitting a planning application as part of securing biodiversity net-gain. It is important that individual site circumstances relevant to a proposal should inform the extent to which net biodiversity gains can be secured, taking account of factors such as existing habitats on site, their condition, need to optimise development potential and densities,
Surrey County Council (Mr Jame… 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/283
  • Status: Accepted
Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure Under Point 2, Green Infrastructure it is suggested that enhancement schemes are mentioned such as filling in gaps in the existing green infrastructure network and upgrading the existing network; particularly footpaths to bridleways to allow cycling. Alternatively, these could be referenced in the supporting text.
Colne Valley Regional Park Com… 21 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/256
  • Status: Accepted
Policy E4 (Green & Blue Infrastructure): Please refer to the 2019 Colne & Crane GI Strategy and consider reference to the projects included with that strategy in this section, perhaps as a monitoring indicator. Also, with reference to our comment above, against Policy SP6, please consider inclusion of the factors listed in appendix 2 of 2019 Colne & Crane GI Strategy (re. development close to watercourses).
Staines Town Society (Sir/Mada… 20 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/160
  • Status: Accepted
Policy E4: we were puzzled to read of a biodiversity opportunity area defined as 'Staines Moor to Shortwood Common', as surely the town of Staines is in the way. However it turns out to be 'Staines Moor and Shortwood Common' which is much more reasonable. Policy E4 is said to replace previous EN7 & 8. It does not replace EN7 at all, as tree protection and TPOs are not mentioned. EN8 contains specific protections which are not mentioned in E4. We object to the loss of EN7 and EN8.
Spelthorne Borough Council (Cl… 20 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/200
  • Status: Accepted
The Sustainability Appraisal Indictors grossly overstate the probable outcome of this policy, which is at best going to mitigate the worst consequences of the expected level of development. One of the measures to be used to assess this policy will be the "Gains in biodiversity provided by development" with the expectation of contribution from all developments. No measures are defined and in reality developers will make vague undertakings which will not materialise as envisaged. The other three i
Surrey Wildlife Trust/& on beh… 20 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/97
  • Status: Accepted
We welcome and support the Council's preferred policy approach here. Biodiversity Opportunity Areas: The basis for realising Surrey's ecological network (Surrey Nature Partnership, 2015) has recently been revised; the current reference is dated September 2019.
Shepperton Residents Association 16 Jan 2020

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/77
  • Status: Accepted
Whilst this policy appears good in theory, there is not much evidence of it having been applied in the past.
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospit… 19 Dec 2019

Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E4: Green and Blue Infrastructure

  • Comment ID: pol/460
  • Status: Accepted
ASPH supports policies to protect and enhance bio-diversity, green and blue infrastructure.