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RE: Woodland Track Construction - Planning Controls ?

Subject: RE: Woodland Track Construction - Planning Controls ?
From: Matthew Searle Acting Head of Natural Environment ESH
Date: Dec 17 2009 18:37:26
Hi Moray,


I'm very much 'Arb' rather than 'Forestry', but I suspect this refers to
The Forestry Commission's responsibility in administering the
Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Eng AND Wales) Regs 1999.
These affect 4 types of forestry operations (Afforestation,
Deforestation, forestry quarries- and yes, you've guessed it - 'Forest
Roads'). These Regs give each of these operations an area threshold.
Don't know the details -take a look at the regs!



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Subject: Re: Woodland Track Construction - Planning Controls ?




Another Officer with another authority has asked the question (below) re
track building for woodlands being exempt from planning control. I don't
know answer, but hopefully someone out there does.






I have been receiving consultations from the Forestry Commission

the Better Woodlands for Wales Scheme. Within the consultations the

indicative work types include the usual thinning, woodland management,

however very often there is included 'track building'. 


I have gone back to the Forestry Commission and stated that aside from

comments upon trees, track building may require prior notification (The

and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995,
Schedule 2,

Part 7 (Forestry Buildings and Operations)) to be submitted to the

department. At the moment they are still looking into it for me. 


I am unsure whether the BWW scheme is exempt as the woodlands may not be

classed as 'forestry', however I wonder whether yourself or anyone else

planning in Wrexham has come across this one?




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