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Government response to Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence

Posted in countryside, Family life, News with tags , , , , on April 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We can only hope the Government holds developers to task over this. In the meantime good to see community action against developers using netting in this piece. A sobering statistic on hedgerows –
“Since the 1950s the UK has lost an estimated 120,000 miles of hedgerow – amounting to four times the earth’s circumference – and, with it, prime habitat for birds and wildlife.”

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.”.

Government responded:

Developers must fulfil their obligation to safeguard local wildlife and habitats. Netting trees and hedgerows is only appropriate where genuinely needed to protect birds from harm during development.

On 8 April, we wrote to developers to remind them of their legal obligation to consider the impact of any project on local wildlife and, where necessary, to take precautionary action to protect their habitats. Developments should enhance natural environments, not destroy them. It is vital that developers take these words on board and play their full role to make sure we can deliver new communities in an environmentally sustainable way.

Wild birds are protected by provisions in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause unnecessary suffering to a bird by an act, or a failure to act, where the person concerned knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act, or failure to act, would or be likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Any development project must consider the impact on local wildlife and take precautionary action to protect habitat. Bird netting should be kept to a minimum, and used only to help protect birds during development.

In accordance with Natural England’s standing advice for local authorities needing to assess planning applications that affect wild birds, survey reports and mitigation plans are required for projects that could affect protected species. Our revised National Planning Policy Framework also makes clear that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural environment by minimising the impacts on, and providing net gains for, biodiversity. However, we plan to require developers to deliver biodiversity net gain, under new arrangements in the forthcoming Environment Bill. This will mean wildlife habitat must be left in a measurably better state than it was before any development.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Taylor Wimpey withdraw plans for 903 dwellings south of Didcot

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , on January 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great news in that Taylor Wimpey’s proposed development of 903 dwellings south of Didcot has been withdrawn by the developer ahead of any planning decision.

You can read more on it here 


More hedgerow disappears in Didcot…

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Taylor Wimpey destroying more hedgerow. During the past couple of years since moving here it has been host to lots of birdlife including sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons, robin, dunnock, wren, blue & coal tits and magpies. The wood pigeons and magpies did nest here and in a nearby tree, also removed by the developers.

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There is still a little bit of hedgerow left, although not much cover left for the smaller birds and nesting sites hasve gone. Having a bit of hedgerow at the bottom of a new home should be a good selling point? I guess it doesn’t fit the neat new home plots they wish to create, which makes a mockery of their supposed environmentally focussed development plans.

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Only a small piece of hedgerow granted, however it won’t be replaced and it has dispersed local birdlife and wildlife, which is being replicated daily throughout the GWP development. I don’t disagree new homes are needed, however brownfield sites such as the power station and an overall plan as part of the Didcot Garden Town plan should be adhered to, not just greedy developers building and be damned to the consequences on local wildlife and infrastructure.

The current allotment plan you can comment on until this Friday 9th November 2018 by visiting here

It sounds good, new allotments with parking, however as always the devil is in the detail and if approved it will see spoil from elsewhere on GWP used to raise the level of allotments; a busy footpath to West Hagbourne closed (one nearby has been closed since December 2017 until 2020!); high trees planted blocking views of the nearby countryside and increase in flooding risk.

#birdlife #savethecountryside #didcot #taylorwimpey

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

hfTaylor Wimpeys application is now open for comment at on SODC’s website. Comments have to be submitted by the 23rd May and please visit the Facebook page for ideas on your comments over the proposed plans.

The plan is for 900+ houses to be built on fields between Didcot and East Hagbourne village which would destroy fields and natural habitats further, plus increase the risk of flooding and more transport congestion, pressure on local services, etc. There is already a Didcot Garden Town plan in place and this proposal is not part of this.

Save Loyd Fields update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Although the planning permission for the proposed housing development on Loyd Fields was turned down by South Oxfordshire Council, the developer has appealed. You can get more updates at their Facebook page Save Loyd Fields 

More proposed development this time by Taylor Wimpey at Hagbourne Fields. There is a campaign page here Hands Off Hagbourne Fields to keep up to date.

On a more local level, we have a lovely little bit of hedgerow next to a local footpath which has just been closed Taylor Wimpey as part of their ongoing GWP development.

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They used a digger to move a small pile of earth and in the process removed some hedgerow – sledgehammer to crack a nut springs to mind! This patch of hedgerow/brambles is home to nesting wood pigeons, a pair of magpies and we have regular visits from sparrows, starlings, blue tits, wrens, dunocks and great tits. Hopefully it will survive Taylor Wimpey’s construction although understandably it will disturb the local bird life and wildlife.