Monday, 6 May 2019

WWF Biodiversity Report Released

THE WORLD'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE STATE OF NATURE
will highlight the distressing impact that humanity is having on the natural world.
It states that species are being lost at the fastest ever rate - mainly driven by the changing use of land. The study analyses the impacts that the changing use of land is having on nature. Forest clearing for agriculture (fuelled by increased consumption of animal products), has driven many native species from their ancient homes. Overfishing has caused the decimation of fish stocks in most parts of the world.
The report warns that the speed of loss is likely to increase in the coming decades, pushing vast numbers of species towards extinction.
While the demise of species, resulting from deforestation and land clearing in developing countries is well documented in the report, the threat to nature is just as significant in richer countries.
Friends of the Earth has published a list below of some of the most threatened species in the UK and Europe.

Skylark: Well known for its flight pattern, the skylark has declined by 50% over the past 40 years across Europe, mainly due to changes in farming practices that have resulted in the loss of nesting sites and food sources.
Small Blue Butterfly: This has declined in the most parts of the UK, with numbers down 38% since the 1970s.
Bees and hoverflies: Recent studies show that around one third of the 353 wild bee and hoverfly species in the UK are in decline. Factors include habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and disease.
Red Squirrels, wildcats and long-eared bats: All facing severe threats to their survival from a number of sources, including invasive species, road deaths and the use of pesticides.
Hedgehogs: Almost half of rural hedgehogs in the UK and a third in urban areas have been lost. The reasons are not fully understood but are likely to include the loss of key habitat features such as hedges.


Wild bee species are in decline                   Half of rural hedgehogs have been lost     
                  


 Skylarks have declined by 50%                     Wild cats are now a rare sight in the UK       


       
       
         



Thursday, 18 April 2019

TANDRIDGE LOCAL PLAN - UPDATE Feb 2019

Tandridge District Council is working with Homes England, the Highways Agency and Surrey and West Sussex County Councils to draw up a detailed business case for submission to the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. The funding relates to upgrade works for junction 6 of the M25 and the Felbridge junction on the A22.

Council noted the findings of the planning inspector who recently reviewed Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s (RBBC) plan. The inspector agreed with Tandridge District Council in finding the Redhill Aerodrome site to be undeliverable, because there is no commitment from Highways England to provide a new junction from the M23.
Consequently, the inspector went on to advise against RBBC’s plans to release from the Green Belt that part of the site which lies within its boundary and against safeguarding the land for future development.

Full update attached >Tandridge Local Plan - latest update Feb 2019



Tandridge District Council Local Plan - Examination In Public

Inspectors Initial Letter of Clarification ID/2 to the Council

Tandridge District Council Local Plan -Examination in Public

Chris Banks is the Programme Officer for the Tandridge District Council Local Plan Examination in Public. He is the main point of contact for all matters relating to the the hearing process from now onward. His role is independent and he reports to the Planning Inspector Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to to consider the soundness of the Local Plan Core Strategy. and to conduct the Examination in Public. 

The Inspector has issued a Letter of Clarification to the council. and as a result TDC are projecting that the Hearings will not take place until Mid September 2019.  See Inspector's Letter ID/2

Plans for Nutfield Green Park

Please see the details of a proposed development sent to NCS this week 
This involves plans for an Activity Park development to be located on the old Laportes land to the north of the A25 at Nutfield. Plans will include an Activity Centre, a Nursing Home plus 105 Housing units.
Development is stated to involve up to 60 HGVs per day (120 movements) with planned access onto the A25 where the red dot is showing - to the east of Nutfield Cemetery. 
Potential access for leisure use is shown as a green dot on Church Hill - at the car park opposite the Church of St Peter & St Paul.   New cottages are planned alongside existing cottages east of the Inn on The Pond and Nutfield Cricket Ground per map below.














































Monday, 8 April 2019

NUTFIELD LITTER PICK 2019



The 2019 Nutfield Litter Pick took place 5/6/7th April and involved an increased number of volunteers (50) combing the roads and lanes of the parish to remove unwanted litter/jetsom.
The photo opposite shows the pile assembled awaiting collection by Tandridge Council.





Our thanks go to Conservation Society member Paul Beard who organises the event exceptionally well each April - and anyone who has not previously been involved can record interest by emailing him at info@nutfieldconservationsociety.org.uk

Grateful thanks goes to Tandridge Council (specifically Jim Lewthwaite) for providing the litter pick kit and hi-viz vests used for the event and for arranging collection of the pile of litter/rubbish from the designated site at the junction of Kings Cross Lane and Kings Mill Lane.
Thanks also to Surrey Police (specifically PSCO Lorraine Wells) for supply of police road signs to warn oncoming traffic of the event and creating a safer working environment to collect the litter.
NCS wish to thank Nutfield Parish Council for extending their insurance to include cover for all the volunteers involved in the event - this is very much appreciated.
Finally, thanks go to all the volunteers who were able to devote a few hours of their time to support this worthwhile annual event.





Friday, 5 April 2019

AGM 2019 plus Talk on Air Quality


AGM 2019



Saturday 1 June - 10.30am
Village Hall – Mid St, South Nutfield
Tea/Coffee from 10am

TALK ON AIR QUALITY ISSUES IN SURREY
Leon Hibbs  
Air Quality Officer Reigate&Banstead


Monday, 11 February 2019

Redhill Aerodrome - Planning App for Revised Taxiway


   


   While the planning application does not constitute complete reinstatement to the state which existed prior to the works undertaken, NCS are pleased to note the intention to remove 4 metres width of hard standing and reinstate a grass surface to this area.

                                                    

       >See NCS Comments on Planning Application


Thursday, 24 January 2019

REDHILL AERODROME SITE REMOVED FROM REIGATE&BANSTEAD PLAN


Reigate&BansteadCouncil remove Redhill-Aerodrome site from Housing Plan

The controversial notion of building homes on the Redhill Aerodrome site is to be deleted from the Reigate & Banstead blueprint for future housing.
Following hearings last year, the planning inspector appointed to scrutinise the authority's Development Management Plan (DMP) has agreed the land should not be earmarked as a 'safeguarded site' for housing after 2027, as initially proposed by the council.  The inspector, Helen Hockenhull, concluded there was "insufficient evidence to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances required" for the aerodrome to be released from the green belt for this purpose.
See>Inspector's Post Hearing Advice - 15 Jan 2019