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Draft Local Plan

Duty to Cooperate

Representation ID: 15236

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Due to pressure of other work, Natural England has not been able to examine in detail the entire Draft Local Plan and its accompanying Interim Sustainability Appraisal. We also note that the Plan has been informed by the Brentwood Green Infrastructure Strategy (2015) and recognises the need, as highlighted therein, to better link formal and informal open spaces in the Borough to improve their wider use and value.

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Draft Local Plan

Sustainability Appraisal

Representation ID: 15237

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have therefore examined the Draft Local Plan and Interim Sustainability Appraisal in the light of the concerns expressed in our previous response, dated 16 February 2015, at the Strategic Growth Options stage. Both the Draft Local Plan and the Interim Sustainability Appraisal now include several references to the three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) within the district and to the potential threats to them arising from increased recreational pressure. We also note that there is now an explicit reference to the need for the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the Plan to include consideration of the potential impact of the Plan's policies on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as a result of increased road traffic and the associated air pollution.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 9.2: Wildlife and Nature Conservation

Representation ID: 15239

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have therefore examined the Draft Local Plan and Interim Sustainability Appraisal in the light of the concerns expressed in our previous response, dated 16 February 2015, at the Strategic Growth Options stage. Both the Draft Local Plan and the Interim Sustainability Appraisal now include several references to the three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) within the district and to the potential threats to them arising from increased recreational pressure. We also note that there is now an explicit reference to the need for the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the Plan to include consideration of the potential impact of the Plan's policies on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as a result of increased road traffic and the associated air pollution.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 5.1: Spatial Strategy

Representation ID: 15240

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 6.3: General Development Criteria

Representation ID: 15241

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 10.10: Green Infrastructure

Representation ID: 15242

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.
We also note that the Plan has been informed by the Brentwood Green Infrastructure Strategy (2015) and recognises the need, as highlighted therein, to better link formal and informal open spaces in the Borough to improve their wider use and value.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 10.11: Air Quality

Representation ID: 15244

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 10.13: Flood Risk

Representation ID: 15245

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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Draft Local Plan

Policy 10.14: Sustainable Drainage

Representation ID: 15248

Received: 03/05/2016

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We have also looked at, and are generally supportive of, the Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy, General Development Criteria, and the various policies covering the environment, Green Infrastructure, air quality, lighting, flood risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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