North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 6: Do you agree with the overarching Objectives? If not, what might you change?

Representation ID: 32997

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

We support objectives 6 and 7 in particular, including the commitment to a net gain in biodiversity. However, net gain must include the protection of irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland and ancient or veteran trees.

We would like to see a commitment to planting new trees including street trees, and groups of trees and small woods as part of a network of natural greenspace.

Full text:

We support objectives 6 and 7 in particular, including the commitment to a net gain in biodiversity. However, net gain must include the protection of irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland and ancient or veteran trees.

We would like to see a commitment to planting new trees including street trees, and groups of trees and small woods as part of a network of natural greenspace.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 67: What approach should the AAP take to ensure delivery of a net gain in biodiversity?

Representation ID: 32998

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

We welcome the mention of trees but would like to see the plan recognise the full range of benefits that they provide and to make a commitment to expansion of tree canopy cover.

Full text:

We welcome the commitment to tree planting as part of achieving a net gain in biodiversity. However, as stated earlier, it is important to protect existing trees and a net gain in biodiversity cannot be achieved if loss of existing ancient or veteran trees is permitted.

It is also important to recognise that trees provide a much wider range of benefits than just urban cooling. They provide valuable habitats for wildlife, sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and can help with improving drainage and improving air quality. We would like to see the plan make a commitment to expanding the tree canopy.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 60: Should open space provision within the North East Cambridge area seek to provide for the widest variety of everyday structured and unstructured recreational opportunities, including walki

Representation ID: 33001

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

Natural greenspace, including woodland, should be included where possible in open space provision in new development. Woodland provides a range of benefits for local communities, including being cheaper to manage than many other forms of urban greenspace.

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We would like to see biodiversity included as one of the aims in providing open space. Creating and maintaining some areas of natural greenspace, including woodland, can help to make the areas more attractive for local people. Our Trees or Turf report (available on the Woodland Trust website at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/search/?Query=trees+or+turf&newTemplate=true sets out the benefits of including small areas of woodland as part of urban greenspace and also finds that their ongoing management costs are much cheaper than that for intensively mown grass. Reduced management costs could increase the likelihood of these areas being well maintained, which would enhance their attractiveness to local people.

Some councils have adopted access standards to help them estimate the amount of natural greenspace or woodland that is needed in their area. For example, Natural England have developed an Access to Natural Greenspace Standard and the Woodland Trust has developed an Access to Woodland Standard. http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/search/?Query=space+for+people&sortby=date&count=12

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