Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 3: Spatial Policies Living Within Environmental Limits CS6: North Somerset's Green Belt CS6: North Somerset's Green Belt [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 2862209/CSCD/15
Respondent Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Mar 2010
Current Status Accepted
This policy reflects the value and importance of the Green Belt. Although we would recommend it include recognition of the positive role that Green Belts have to play in fulfilling a number of land use objectives as described in PPS2: Green Belts.

These include the provision of access to the open countryside for the urban population, opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation, landscape retention and enhancement, securing nature conservation and retaining agriculture and forestry. We suggest that planning has a role to play, through mechanisms such as planning obligations, in ensuring that these objectives are realized.

With regard to amendments to the Green Belt we recommend some additional wording with a view to ensuring that any losses are adequately offset though the addition of "and appropriate mitigation or compensation measures will be delivered" after "exceptional circumstances demonstrated".