Supporting Documents to Waterbeach New Town SPD

Search Representations

Results for Natural England search

New search New search

Comment

Supporting Documents to Waterbeach New Town SPD

Waterbeach HRA Screening Report

Representation ID: 167564

Received: 25/10/2018

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

HABITATS REGULATIONS ASSESSMENT
Generally satisfied with HRA prepared in accordance with Regulations and taken into consideration EU judgement, but outline areas of mitigation to address effects of increased recreational pressure.

Note the 'no likely significant effects' conclusion based on SPD making no material changes to site area to the site assessed in Local Plan.

Section 3.4.5 implies uncertainties remain with regard to effects on Wicken Fen through increased recreational pressure and should be addressed through planning application stage. Do not agree it should be deferred to the detailed stage. Habitats Regulations require uncertainty to be addressed through precautionary principle. HRA should conclude significant effect is likely and proceed to Appropriate Assessment.

Imperative revised HRA / AA consider delivery of more than 8-9,000 homes - applications total c.11,000. Crucial to understand scale and effect of visitor pressure on Wicken Fen was not widely recognised when Local Plan prepared. Local Plan HRA 5km 'zone of influence' for visitor pressure erroneous - more likely tens of km.

Section 3.4.3 in not correct - Wicken Fen is not access by permit only, numerous PROW. Access via major trails continues to grow and further grow with new town. Associated increasing resources being put into management of the Fen and Wicken Vision Area by National Trust.

Comment

Supporting Documents to Waterbeach New Town SPD

Waterbeach SA Screening Report

Representation ID: 167565

Received: 25/10/2018

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL
Comments outlining areas of mitigation to address effects of increased recreational pressure.

Note the 'no significant environmental effects' conclusion based on SPD making no material changes to site area to the site assessed in Local Plan.

Uncertainties remain with regard to effects on Wicken Fen through increased recreational pressure and it is suggested this should be addressed through planning application stage. Do not agree it should be deferred to the detailed stage. Should be addressed in SPD and an SA prepared.

SA Screening conclusion contrary to advice of all statutory environmental consultees. Significant concerns with this based on the scale of proposed development and potential impacts on the natural environment including nationally and internationally designated sites. Advise you review your decision and carry out an SA.

If you are having trouble using the system, please try our help guide.