Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168160

Received: 30/07/2019

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:


Fully support open spaces and landscape character requirements in section 3E including multifunctional open space. Support integration of new village with its landscape, incorporating and enhancing existing features and network of landscaped green, natural and multifunctional open spaces within and surrounding development.

Particularly support requirement for strategic landscaping including a county park incorporating naturalistic landscape features and habitats and recreational paths, informal play space and facilities, SuDS.

Requirements for a network of green corridors and other open spaces within easy walking distance of all residents is fully endorsed.

Quantum and quality of open space is key to delivering numerous environmental services including flood management, climate change, landscape enhancement, recreation and health benefits and net biodiversity gain. To achieve these benefits and avoid impacts to designated sites we advocate provision of SANGS. Identification of a management body and funding mechanism for long term maintenance will be critical. Quantum of informal open space is not clearly stated. SANGS requires in order of 78ha. SPD suggests this level is achievable - further detail would confirm this.

Greenspace provision to meet this will ensure no adverse impact on nearby designated sites (Hardwick Wood SSSI, Overhall Grove SSSI and Eversden and Wimpole Woods SAC). Already under considerable pressure from visitors. High quality greenspace provision will help achieve net biodiversity gain in accordance with NPPF para 170 and DEFRA 25 Year Environment Plan.