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To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th November, 2015 (copy attached).
The Minutes of the
Meeting held on 10th November, 2015 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
THE COUNCIL'S CONSERVATION TEAM
To receive a presentation from Louise Piper, Planning Policy and
Conservation Manager on the key work areas of the Conservation Team. Paul
Howe, the Council’s Ecology Officer will also give an overview of his area of
work, in particular, the Council’s draft Biodiversity Action Plan (copy
attached) which is out for public consultation until 1st February, 2016.
The Panel received a presentation from Ms. Louise Piper,
Planning Policy and Conservation Manager, and Dr.
Paul Howe, Biodiversity Officer.
Ms. Piper gave an outline of the work of the Planning
Policy and Conservation Team. In respect
of planning policy, Ms. Piper gave details of the Team’s work on the following
the Development Plan
- Core Strategy
- New Rushmoor Local Plan
the wide scope of
- housing: employment; transport; design; Farnborough
Airport; and, the town centres
- conservation: heritage assets, conservation areas
- natural environment: biodiversity; countryside; green
infrastructure, Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area; water and flooding
Documents (e.g. Buildings of Local Importance)
Ms. Piper advised Members of the work of the team in
respect of conservation, trees and biodiversity. It was noted that, in 2011, a shared service
had been implemented with Hart District Council. Rushmoor’s
officers remained employed full-time, but some salary costs had been recouped
through time spent working at Hart. The
shared service had impacted on the capacity of the Conservation, Trees and
Biodiversity Officers at Rushmoor, however, the shared service had enabled
Rushmoor to retain officer expertise and at less cost than previously and for
less than employing consultants.
In respect of conservation of the built environment, Ms.
Piper advised the Panel that work was carried out providing advice on planning
applications and also on listings, amendments and advice on planning
applications in respect of nationally and locally listed buildings and heritage
assets. Advice was also given on
pre-application enquiries (e.g. Cambridge Military Hospital and Louise Margaret
Ms. Piper also gave an outline of arboricultural
issues (Tree Preservation Orders, dealing with applications for tree works and
providing advice and guidance at pre-application stage). Work in connection with biodiversity issues
included dealing with sites of nature conservation value at local level (Sites
of Importance for Nature Conservation and Local Nature Reserves), national
level (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and international level (Thames
Basin Heaths Special Protection Area – advice on mitigation/Suitable
Alternative Natural Greenspace).
Wherever possible, a partnership approach was adopted to protection and
enhancement of the natural environment.
Dr. Paul Howe, the Council’s Biodiversity Officer, then gave a presentation
on the Rushmoor Biodiversity Action Plan (B.A.P.) The Panel was advised that the B.A.P. 2009 –
2014 had been adopted in 2009 and had included an audit of biodiversity in the
Borough and set out a series of actions.
It provided a framework to deliver biodiversity enhancement and protection
across Rushmoor. The actions had been
delivered through partnership work, planning, volunteer groups and other
Council departments. It was noted that
the B.A.P. had four main delivery areas on which progress had been made over
the five year Action Plan period:
protect and conserve
the biodiversity resource
create new areas for
awareness (external and internal)
Dr. Howe gave details of examples of projects that had been carried out by partners, including the Farnborough Community Centre pond, a Community Matters Partnership project, and ... view the full minutes text for item 19.
CONSERVATION BODIES - UPDATES
To receive presentations from the following organisations on their
activities and plans for the future, help needed from the Council and feedback
on the Council’s draft Bio-Diversity Action Plan:
(i) Rowhill Copse
Nature Reserve (Mr. Roy Champion);
Valley Countryside Partnership (Mr. Steve Bailey);
Canal Authority (Ms. Fiona Shipp);
Park (Mr. Mike Hatch);
Brook Greenway (Ms. Hilda Anscombe).
(1) Rowhill Nature Reserve Society –
The Panel received a presentation from Mr. Roy Champion,
Chairman of the Rowhill Nature Reserve Society. During the presentation, Mr. Champion advised
Members that Rowhill Nature Reserve covered 55 acres
and was now returning, in part at least, back into the working wood it
had once been. Mr. Champion also made reference to
the Society’s work in monitoring species at the Nature Reserve and the
upgrading of paths, including an accessible trail.
Mr. Champion answered Members’ questions on fence making,
volunteering by corporate groups and working with children.
On behalf of the Panel, the Chairman thanked Mr. Champion
for the Society’s on-going and valuable work for the community. The Chairman
thanked Mr. Champion for his presentation and extended an invitation to attend
a future meeting for a further update on the Society’s work.
Panel NOTED the presentation.
(2) Blackwater Valley
Countryside Partnership –
The Panel received a presentation from Mr. Steve Bailey,
Manager of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership. During the presentation, Mr. Bailey advised
Members of the role played by the Partnership in co-ordinating projects and
actions of all involved parties and stakeholders in the Blackwater Valley to
increase sustainable usage of the Blackwater Valley, especially for informal
outdoor recreation, and to ensure wildlife and landscape protection. Mr. Bailey spoke about the work of the
Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, a charity which had been set up ten years
ago and supported the work of the Partnership.
Mr. Bailey advised Members of the sites managed within Rushmoor and gave
examples of works carried out in Southwood Woodland and Wellesley Woodlands. Mr. Bailey also gave details of wider Blackwater
Valley issues, including the Southwood Woodland extension, Farnham Quarry,
North Camp recycling and Loddon Catchment Partnership.
Mr. Bailey answered Members’ questions on engaging with
local communities and Farnham Quarry.
On behalf of the Panel, the Chairman thanked Mr. Bailey for
the Partnership’s excellent work in the community. The Chairman thanked Mr. Bailey for his
informative presentation and extended an invitation to attend a future meeting
for a further update on the Partnership’s work.
The Panel NOTED the presentation.
(3) Basingstoke Canal
received a presentation from Ms. Fiona Shipp, Manager of the Basingstoke Canal
Authority. During the presentation, Ms.
Shipp advised Members that the Basingstoke Canal was 32 miles long and was
jointly owned by Surrey County Council and Hampshire County Council. The
Basingstoke Canal Authority had been established to manage the Canal on behalf
of the two County Councils. During the
presentation, Ms. Shipp advised Members of current work along the Canal: a
tree-thinning project; the Ash Aqueduct inspection; a telemetry project to
provide constant digital information on water levels; and, work to replace the cills at Ash Lock.
Ms. Shipp also spoke about wildlife issues, including the need for good management of vegetation to encourage a wide range of wildlife and the problems caused by crayfish. Volunteers were very important to the work of the Canal Authority and Ms. Shipp ... view the full minutes text for item 20.
To note the Panel’s Current work programme (copy attached).
The Panel NOTED the current work