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Strategic Sites Development and Biodiversity

Published on: 22 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 22 Jul, 2020

From Julian Cranwell

The government has mandated that new developments must lead to a net increase in bio-diversity.

It seems to me this would make the “strategic sites” unviable.
It will be interesting to see how the developers at Blackwell farm, Gosden Hill and Three Farms Meadows at Wisley try to argue that their developments would be anything but ruinous to biodiversity.
I suggest the likes of Taylor Wimpey should abandon their plans for massive housing estates in these, for-the-moment, highly biodiverse locations. To increase biodiversity, while concreting over fertile farmland with thousands of houses will be simply impossible.
I also suggest that GBC point this out, and review the Local Plan accordingly.

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test 2 Responses to Strategic Sites Development and Biodiversity

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    July 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    I wonder why the council bother to “consult”, they never change anything. Still responding gives me something to do.

  2. John Sansom Reply

    July 25, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Could not GBC be proactive by demanding all new buildings commenced after August 1 have a minimum one square metre of solar panel per 10 square metres of building ground area?

    The ultimate goal would be to attain a minimum 90% of energy demand per dwelling (from other natural sources) before permission to build.

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