Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 3: Spatial Policies Delivering Strong and Inclusive Communities CS14: Distribution of New Housing CS14: Distribution of New Housing [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 2862209/CSCD/20
Respondent Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Mar 2010
Current Status Accepted
The statement that new development "must not conflict" with environmental protection, Green Belt and nature conservation is welcome as is the requirement for any necessary mitigating or compensatory measures to address any adverse implications.

In the case of nature conservation we see compensation as very much as the last resort in a sequential approach that should first consider avoidance and then, if necessary, mitigation measures. We recommend making clear within the policy that avoidance and mitigation are always the preferred options.