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

Comment ID pol/305
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP6: River Thames and its Tributaries View all on this section
Respondent Rachel Rae View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

We fully support the aim of this policy which recognises the importance of the River Thames as an asset and promotes measures to ensure development is both appropriate to the setting and conserving the biodiversity of the Thames.

However, considering the emphasis this policy places on the natural ecological benefit this river already provides, we wish to see a greater commitment to ensuring that an 8 – 10 metre natural wildlife corridor is sought for all development, where feasible, along this river. The existing and potential natural capital value of the river must be balanced and the ecological function should not be overlooked in favour of increased activity. Net gain as a concept aims to improve the environment through development by restoring or creating environmental features which are of greater value to both people and wildlife, supported by paragraphs 118, 170, 174 and 175 of the national planning policy framework and your green infrastructure policy E4.
When designed correctly, this natural corridor can be incorporated into the development instead of being a barrier to it.

Please refer to our more detailed comments in relation to policy E4 – green and blue infrastructure for further recommendations which can be incorporated here

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