Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q53. What are your views on our proposed approach to Green Infrastructure? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21389665//23
Respondent WENP [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Jan 2019

We support the Council’s proposed approach of a strategic solution that would integrate and thus enhance mitigation across SDLs, that looks to the landscape scale in terms of catchment based water management, habitat creation for wildlife and recreational benefits. We strongly support the proposal to create a broad ecological zone and the acknowledgement of the importance of functional connectivity to enhance ecosystems, as well as broader multiple benefits to society through enhancing recreation, mobility and health.

However, we note the lack of clearly developed funding mechanisms to enable the delivery (and long term management) of net gains in natural capital. Examples of funding models from elsewhere in the UK that successfully raise developer contributions within a sensitive catchment towards a strategic solution (including SANGs) include Salisbury Plain (wiltshire.gov.uk/guidance-for-developers-hra-mitigation-strategy-salisbury-plainspa. pdf), Ashdown Forest (midsussex.gov.uk/planning-building/protecting-ashdown-forest), the South East Devon European Sites Mitigation Strategy (eastdevon.gov.uk/media/369997/exe-overarching-report-9th-june-2014.pdf) and Dorset Heathlands (bournemouth.gov.uk/planningbuilding/PlanningPolicy/PlanningPolicyFiles/HeathlandSPDOct2015/Dorset-

Heathlands-SPD-Oct-2015.pdf). We would urge green infrastructure to be incorporated in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (pg 29) as an equal component of infrastructure.

Realising such a vision for highly integrated, strategic GI will require effective integration of GI across multiple

departments of the Council. We would welcome discussion on how the Council envisions championing such

integration, and how WENP might support to that effect.


Support the Council’s proposed approach of a strategic solution