John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Para 7.26 of "WIRRAL BOROUGH - LANDSCAPE CHARACTER ASSESSMENT AND VISUAL APPRAISAL" published September 2009 says "The UDP lists 70 Sites of Biological Importance designated for their local contribution to ecology, to ensure that development makes necessary accommodation of wildlife interests and minimises direct damage or disturbance. The Sites of Biological Importance are currently undergoing review."

Has the review been completed, please?

If so, please provide e-links so that the review may be read.

At par 7.31, the report says "The presence of nature conservation interest or potential has not been considered as a specific landscape characteristic within this assessment."

Has any part or area of the Wirral Peninsular been considered for its nature conservation interest or potential and if so where, please?

If so, I shall be grateful for your provision of e-links so that the review may be read.

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson

Thank you for your freedom of information request.

Officers in Forward Planning can provide the following response:

There are currently 69 Sites of Biological Importance in Wirral.

These locally designated sites are protected through the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) process under UDP Policy NC5. The schedule of sites of biological importance is a material consideration in the determination of individual planning applications.

Since the adoption of the UDP in February 2000 the sites have continued to be surveyed, initially by Wirral Wildlife, with the assistance of other specialist wildlife groups, and more recently by the Wirral Local Wildlife Sites Partnership. This has so far resulted in two formal revisions to the Schedule of Sites of Biological Importance in 2011 and 2017 to reflect current ecological value and is ongoing.

The latest schedule, a summary of the changes since 2000 and the reports of each review can be viewed below on the Council's website at:
https://www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-and-b...

The Wirral Local Plan 2020 to 2035 Issues and Options Consultation document provides a summary of further biodiversity assets and nature conservation designations in Wirral at paragraphs 8.94: - 8.100 and Figure 8.3 shows environmental designations and priority habitats.
https://www.wirral.gov.uk/sites/default/...

The information shown in Figure 8.3 is reproduced from the Liverpool City Region Ecological Network, which can be viewed at http://www.meas.org.uk/projects/lcr-ecol....

We trust that you find this information of assistance

Yours sincerely

Tracy O'Hare
Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
Treasury Building
Cleveland Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel:0151 691 8397
Email:[Wirral Borough Council request email]
Visit our website: www.wirral.gov.uk

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John H Hutchinson

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
thank you!

Where you have said "Officers in Forward Planning can provide the following response" did you mean that they will be providing the response at a later date or that the remarks following was their response?

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson

The Council's response is as provided in our earlier email.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
Treasury Building
Cleveland Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
Email: [Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: www.wirral.gov.uk

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may involve licensing and the application of a charge

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John H Hutchinson

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
thank you!

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson