Biodiversity Legislation

MQT on 2003-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following my question in February about Marylands Field in Havering, you said you would 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. What response have you had from the Government?



Answer for Biodiversity Legislation

Answer for Biodiversity Legislation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was led to understand that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was going to undertake a consultation exercise later this year which would cover this issue, following the publication in 2002 of a study into non-development damage to local wildlife sites. This would have been the ideal time to convey my views on a 'nature conservation order' to the Government.My officers have recently discovered that this consultation will not take place this year. Not wishing to wait beyond this year, I am about to write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as stated in my reply to your previous question. I will keep you informed of her response. . .