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Local Nature Reserves- Feasibility Study

Meeting: 16/12/2019 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee (Item 59)

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The Heritage, Landscape and Design Team Leader presented the report on Local Nature reserve designations that asked the Committee to agree a programme for create new and extending existing Local nature Reserves.  A priority list of areas for designation was provided, with priority based on a number of factors including the feasibility of delivery.


Several members provided direct experiences of managing and running areas that were up for designation and the Committee were informed that it was not necessarily difficult to get volunteers, that getting designation required a management plan to be in place and that the main startup costs would be if byelaws were required and ongoing costs would relate to enforcement.


The Committee were very supportive of the programme, seeing it as delivering on cross cutting issues helping address health, deprivation and inequality.  It was however understood that funding would be the difficult decision for the programme with a reference going to Policy and Resources to fund the programme.  It was noted that if Business Rate Retention projects came in under budget it would be possible to bid for those monies.




1.  That the report be noted and the programme for creating new, or extending existing, Local Nature Reserve sites outlined in 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 of the report be agreed subject to funding and resources; and


2.  That Policy and Resources Committee be recommended to consider the funding and resources to bring the agreed programme for Local Nature Reserves forward.