Going back to the response Penny you received from the Council – this is in fact utter nonsense – its not ‘out of their hands’ but they always present that argument back. The local Council planning department(s) are responsible for drawing up the policies and survey requirements that developers need to adhere to before during and after build. they can put in it whatever they like – but most stick to the standard ‘protected species’ requirements as time and resource is money to them and they don’t want to risk not making a return on their sale. It simply doesn’t go far enough and if they don’t start to change it (through legislation if necessary) our wildlife will continue to decline at ever faster rates. some councils have started to mandate addition wildlife considerations in their development policies and strategies (like holes in fences etc) – you have to wonder why the rest haven’t done so and why they cant all start doing more. If they insist on eradicating the countryside in place of concrete – they shouldn’t be allowed to do so on the basis that they are and to continue to go unchallenged. Its not just their countryside – its everyones!
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