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Representation ID: 959

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

References to the various Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) - Thorndon Park, Curtis Mill Green and the Coppice Kelvedon Hatch are welcomed and acknowledged, as are the references to Thames Chase community Forest and Hutton Park Local Nature Reserve.

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Sustainability Appraisal

Representation ID: 960

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

There is clear reference to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as well as the Habitats regulation Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal and this is welcomed and acknowledged.

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Strategic Objectives

Representation ID: 961

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Environment and Resources, this section lists eleven Strategic Objectives which can be broadly supported.

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S1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 962

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Under Sustainable Development they Council may wish to consider reference to green infrastructure provision, helping to alleviate fragmentation and link existing green and open spaces. Biodiversity and the natural environment can lead to various opportunities, not just for wildlife activity and connection, but also health, recreation, contributing to climate change adaptation and improving quality of life. Natural England is pleased to see this recognition and encourages the Council to promote green infrastructure in new developments to help deliver multiple functions.

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Policy CP1: Sustainable Development

Representation ID: 964

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Natural England welcomes and acknowledges the links and references to Neighbourhood Plans, and would refer to our previous comments to Policy S1 [Under Sustainable Development the Council may wish to consider reference to green infrastructure provision, helping to alleviate fragmentation and link existing green and open spaces. Biodiversity and the natural environment can lead to various opportunities, not just for wildlife activity and connection, but also health, recreation, contributing to climate change adaptation and improving quality of life. Pleased to see this recognition and encourages the Council to promote green infrastructure in new developments to help deliver multiple functions].

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Policy CP2: Managing Growth

Representation ID: 965

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Natural England will comment on individual sites as appropriate, as they are brought forward for potential development, especially in respect of any sites within or adjacent to our areas of interests, such as the SSSI's mentioned above.

Opportunities to enhance and or increase biodiversity as part of sustainable development should be encouraged and promoted - as per our comments under Chapter 2 [spatial strategy Policy S1].

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Policy CP9: Protecting the historic and natural environment and landscape character

Representation ID: 967

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

This policy is broadly supported, especially in respect of (d) "conserving and enhancing biodiversity and habitats through creation of new habitats" - clear links to the relevant section of the NPPF and acknowledged.

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Policy CP10: Green Belt

Representation ID: 968

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

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This policy is broadly supported.

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Policy CP13: Sustainable Transport

Representation ID: 969

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Walking and cycling schemes provide opportunities to link into the green infrastructure network though green chains and corridors.

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Policy CP16: Enjoyable and Quality Public Realm

Representation ID: 970

Received: 02/10/2013

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

The Council and developers should consider the provision of 'soft landscaping' as part of new development proposals, providing multifunctional benefits as mentioned above.

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