Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
TOPIC PAPER 9 - The Natural Environment
Our comments are in red, everything else is a quote from the Topic Paper

This topic paper provides a brief summary of the evidence relating to the natural environment and includes consideration for landscape, green infrastructure, biodiversity, ecology, Green Belt and leisure issues.

 

A Sustainable Environment

New development should retain important local landscape features and make use of planting and landforms to help it blend into its surroundings and to enhance biodiversity - so shouldn't we be building underground at Monks Farm and Crab Hill to ensure that the developments blend into the surrounding countryside?

The Leisure and Sports Facilities Strategy will be used to justify any necessary contributions to sport and leisure infrastructure.

 

Vale of White Horse Sustainable Communities Strategy [show detail]

New development should retain important local landscape features and make use of planting and landforms to help it blend into its surroundings and to enhance biodiversity

 

Actions to take forward into the Local Plan from previous Consultations [show detail]

Natural England stated that AONBs should be provided with the highest level of policy protection, but this didn't apply to Chain Hill.

Woodland was significantly under-represented and the document should include plans for rectification.

 

Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS) [show detail]

Chain Hill is considered to have a low capacity to accept change, but the planning committee approved the application.

Monk’s Farm is considered to have a high sensitivity due to its proximity to listed buildings and because of the historic field patterns, but the planning committee approved the application.

 

Wildlife and Conservation Designations [show detail]

Development that harms locally designated sites will not be allowed unless the reason for the development clearly outweighs the harm.

 

Conservation Target Areas [show detail]

None near Wantage and Grove

 

Draft Leisure and Sports Facilities Strategy 2013 – 2029 [show detail]

This Document will be used to justify any necessary contributions to sport and leisure infrastructure.

 

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