Biodiversity Havering

MQT on 2003-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What actions have you taken regarding allegations of damage to Maylands Field, part of the Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation at Ingrebourne Valley, Havering?

Alleged damage to this site has highlighted weaknesses in the law. What actions will you take to try and change the law and provide powers to protect Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, particularly where damage is not a result of illegal development or change of use?



Answer for Biodiversity Havering

Answer for Biodiversity Havering

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My staff have been in regular contact with planning enforcement officers at Havering since Christmas, providing advice and support. Most recently, they advised Havering to refer the issue to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a possible breach of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations for uncultivated land.I will write to the Government urging them to introduce legislation to give local planning authorities the power to impose a "nature conservation order" as a means of last resort to protect non-statutory wildlife sites from damaging activities which are not covered by the planning system. . .