|Gardens: Vital habitats for wildlife|
With the changes to the Planning Framework potentially threatening to speed up development of areas of the countryside and speed up habitat loss and fragmentation, this further suggestion could eat away at vital urban green spaces. If the plans go ahead, full planning permission, currently required for extensions of more than three or four meters from the rear wall of any home, would only be needed for those reaching beyond 8m for detached homes and 6m for others. Although extensions may not go beyond half the size of a garden, if this proposal does go through and substantial numbers of homeowners take advantage of this three year reprieve, we could see a vast reduction in garden sizes - having a direct impact on our native wildlife that have increasing become dependent on these habitats. There are also suggested changes to 106 provision in new developments, which often includes the creation of nature reserves, allotments and planting trees.
“We certainly appreciate the economic difficulties that we are dealing with,” adds Kathy. “However we do not believe that the proposed changes will have a lasting effect on improving the economic situation. It will have a lasting effect on our wildlife; we won’t get these habitats back. Why is it that our natural world is always forgotten in the larger scheme of things? I’m sure that there are better ways to encourage sustainable growth, underpinned by recognizing the value wildlife brings to our lives and our economy.”
- You can find out more about the planned proposals at the BBC news and Telegraph websites.
- You can find out more about how to help wildlife in your garden at the Froglife website here.
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