HABITAT LOSS AND DISRUPTION
The Developers claim they will achieve biodiversity gain but they give no details how exactly this will be achieved, other than to set aside some land for ‘mitigation’. Bio-diversity improvements can only be achieved through careful design and on-going management, with each area requiring a bespoke approach rather than a 'one-size fits all'.
The construction process will take up to 36 months during which time there will be disruption and damage to local habitats. Deer will no longer be able to run freely as they will be faced with miles of security fencing blocking their natural routes. Faced with a reduced grazing area, the deer will cause additional damage to ancient woodland, impacting other species, as well as inflicting more concentrated damage to crops.
Natural habitats will be lost for a generation, or more.