Agenda item - Swift Boxes in New Development

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Swift Boxes in New Development

Report of the Executive Director, Economy, Environment & Culture.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee

 

1        Noted the introduction of a model planning condition and informative requiring the provision of bee bricks which have been attached to all planning permissions for new build developments from 1st November 2019.

 

2        Agreed to the introduction from 1st April 2020 of a model planning condition and informative (Appendix 1) requiring the provision of swift boxes (including swiftbricks)in planning permission granted for new development and an informal advice note, as set out in paragraphs 3.6 to 3.8 of the report (Appendix 2) and grants delegated authority to the Executive Director Economy, Environment & Culture to make minor amendments to the note having consulted the members of the three Groups who sit on this committee in advance of implementation.

 

Minutes:

57.1    The Head of Planning  gave a brief summary of the report which had been requested by Full Council in 2019.  She highlighted the two main recommendations: 1. Noting that work had already been done with the assistance of the County Ecologist on Bee bricks and the differences between Swift Boxes and bricks. She confirmed that the officer recommendation was that this was agreed from 1st April 2020.

 

57.2    Councillor Ebel pointed out that swifts needed to eat insects and thus it was important to ensure there was wildlife around the Swiftbox.

 

57.3  The Chair confirmed that an Amendment had been received from the Conservative Group  and asked Councillor Nemeth to move the amendment.

 

57.4    Councillor Nemeth brought in examples of swift bricks to show the Committee and said he was delighted to bring this to the Committee as he was concerned that Swift Bricks could be filled in, but Swift Boxes could not . He stated that the Amendment was a clarification on the terminology.

 

57.5    The Amendment was seconded by Councillor Mears.

 

57.6    The Chair took a vote and was agreed unanimously.

 

57.7    RESOLVED: That the Committee

 

1        Noted the introduction of a model planning condition and informative requiring the provision of bee bricks which have been attached to all planning permissions for new build developments from 1st November 2019.

 

2        Agreed to the introduction from 1st April 2020 of a model planning condition and informative (Appendix 1) requiring the provision of swift boxes (including swiftbricks)in planning permission granted for new development and an informal advice note, as set out in paragraphs 3.6 to 3.8 of the report (Appendix 2) and grants delegated authority to the Executive Director Economy, Environment & Culture to make minor amendments to the note having consulted the members of the three Groups who sit on this committee in advance of implementation.

 

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