M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 18 May 2020
From Natural England

Representation

Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Natural England confirms that we wish to be registered as an interested party in respect of this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. Our relevant representations (submitted separately by email) cover a range of themes and issues within our remit, as follows: • European Sites • Sites of Special Scientific Interest • Protected species • Ancient woodland and veteran trees • Biodiversity net gain • Soils and agricultural land classification (including best and most versatile land) Natural England is co-operating with the applicant by means of a statement of common ground. We propose to continue in dialogue with the applicant in the run up to the examination so as to address the following Issues: Please see attachment • Air quality assessment in the context of recent case law addressing in combination effects and the assessment and mitigation of air quality impacts on designated sites already deemed to be ecologically failing. Similarly with regard to ancient woodland, veteran trees and related compensatory habitats. • Soils, the conservation of soils resources, together with the conservation and restoration of best and most versatile agricultural land. • Biodiversity net gain – Notwithstanding the applicant’s ‘no net loss to biodiversity’ approach we would welcome a wider consideration of the scope for net gains through a review of the proposed mitigation and compensation proposals.
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