HOS has a small team which reviews local planning applications (alongside the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre – HBIC) to find those which have the potential for serious impact on Hampshire’s birds. Where appropriate, we register objections with the relevant planning authority.
To maintain credibility, HOS will only challenge plans which have a clear negative impact on the county’s bird population. We will not be able to challenge every application which takes away another green field site – unfortunate though that may be for local birds and wildlife.
If you are aware of an application which you think may have a serious negative impact on Hampshire’s bird population, please get in touch with our Conservation Liaison Officer. Also, if you would like to join the team which regularly checks their local planning applications for bird impacts, please also get in touch. From here on HOS will be taking a more robust attitude to county planning matters and where a development could significantly impact protected species, wintering or breeding habitats, or roosting sites we will respond as appropriate. I would also like to thank Barry Paige for reviewing incoming applications, which makes the process more straightforward.
The following sections show applications where HOS is, or has been involved. Follow the link to the local authority website to see the current status of the application.
Development at Fleet Pond
Extensive work on the north side of Fleet Pond during the bird nesting season.
HOS were concerned by the timing and extent of the proposed activities and as a result launched a formal objection. We are now seeking an update from the relevant authorities and will keep you informed. We would like to thank many HOS members who alerted us to the activities and provided us with material for our response, which can be read here HOS Fleet Pond – 8 Jan 2021.
16 March 2021 – Hart District Council has advised HOS that due to the objections raised the work will be delayed avoiding the breeding season. That is a good result!
Development at Squabb Wood
We are also expecting a planning proposal for Squabb Wood, near Romsey in the next few weeks. If any of you have bird data that could be relevant for an objection in the last 10 years then please e-mail the HOS Conservation Liaison Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org