Plans for Basingstoke green spaces move forward

January 10, 2019 by  

Plans to ensure that wildlife habitats and green spaces in Basingstoke are better protected have moved forward, after planning guidance was approved.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council gave the nod to these plans at a meeting held last month. The plans are now set to be used when working out how the design of future development work in the area can best ensure that these spaces and habitats are protected and improved. The draft of this document incorporated ideas from Natural Basingstoke, parish councils, tree wardens and volunteers from the borough.

Among the subjects that are discussed in it are ways of protecting at-risk ancient woodlands, advice on the best ways to carry out landscaping work at sites of historic interest and sustainable systems of drainage. Print shops based in the borough are often called on to provide high quality printed versions of planning documents.

According to the Basingstoke Gazette, Mark Ruffell from the council said:

“It will give the council greater control in shaping new development, identifying what information should be submitted with planning applications and detailing how developments should be designed to protect and enhance the natural environment.”

The plans suggest a number of ways in which wildlife can be preserved, including cutting back on lighting in spots that are close to routes that bats use and back garden fences that are hedgehog-friendly.