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Buckinghamshire Council takes steps to protect the ancient woodlands at Burnham Beeches

| December 23, 2020

Buckinghamshire Council has taken steps to protect the ancient woodlands at Burnham Beeches.

The woodland at Burnham Beeches dates from the Iron Age with beeches and oaks that are hundreds of years old.

It has been designated a special area of conservation and will be further protected by Buckinghamshire Council who, following the Council’s consultation with local people over July and August 2020, have adopted strict building protocols near the boundary of the woodland.

With the new building protocols in place the council will ensure that:

  • There will be a presumption against building any additional homes within 500 metres of the boundary of the Beeches to prevent harm from additional trampling and pollution on plant life by people and dogs.
  • Any additional homes built over 500 metres and up to 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) from the boundary of the Beeches will need to contribute financially to education, monitoring and survey projects. These projects will be designed to help reduce any likely harm to the Beeches and are set out in the supplementary planning document.

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement, Buckinghamshire Council said: ‘This new strategy provides an open and transparent system of mitigation to protect and enhance the very special qualities of Burnham Beeches, and will ensure that any new development within the 5.6km will contribute to their future protection.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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