Reason for boundary change of proposed SINC site NSP S8: Greendale Playing Field.

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Dear Southwark Borough Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:
Copies of all information (including emails and meeting notes or currently unpublished minutes) the Council hold whether through officers or members - and between the Council and other bodies with regard to the boundary change for proposed SINC site NSP S8: Greendale Playing Field.

Page 11 of the “New Southwark Plan Preferred Option, Appendix 5, New and amended Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)” shows the boundary as omitting to include Greendale Artificial Playing Pitch (OS129) whereas a previous, undated map with the ocument name “N32_OS128_Greendale_play_field.pdf” shows the boundary as including the Greendale Artificial Playing Pitch (OS129).

Please provide this information in the form of Word documents, maps or pdfs. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act. In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Warren

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Dear Mrs Warren,

Re: Your request for information: 611900

Thank you for your request for information that was received on 8 March
2016in which you requested:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to
request the following information:
Copies of all information (including emails and meeting notes or
currently unpublished minutes) the Council hold whether through
officers or members - and between the Council and other bodies with
regard to the boundary change for proposed SINC site NSP S8:
Greendale Playing Field.

Page 11 of the "New Southwark Plan Preferred Option, Appendix 5,
New and amended Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation
(SINCs)" shows the boundary as omitting to include Greendale
Artificial Playing Pitch (OS129) whereas a previous, undated map
with the ocument name "N32_OS128_Greendale_play_field.pdf" shows
the boundary as including the Greendale Artificial Playing Pitch
(OS129).

Please provide this information in the form of Word documents, maps
or pdfs. If it is not possible to provide the information requested
due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits
identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance,
under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my
request to be included in the scope of the Act. In any case, if you
can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide
further advice and assistance to indicate this.

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Our reference: 611900

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Dear Mrs Warren,

Re: Your request for information: 611900

Thank you for your request for information that was received on 8 March
2016 in which you requested:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to
request the following information:
Copies of all information (including emails and meeting notes or
currently unpublished minutes) the Council hold whether through
officers or members - and between the Council and other bodies with
regard to the boundary change for proposed SINC site NSP S8:
Greendale Playing Field.

Page 11 of the "New Southwark Plan Preferred Option, Appendix 5,
New and amended Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation
(SINCs)" shows the boundary as omitting to include Greendale
Artificial Playing Pitch (OS129) whereas a previous, undated map
with the ocument name "N32_OS128_Greendale_play_field.pdf" shows
the boundary as including the Greendale Artificial Playing Pitch
(OS129).

Please provide this information in the form of Word documents, maps
or pdfs. If it is not possible to provide the information requested
due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits
identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance,
under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my
request to be included in the scope of the Act. In any case, if you
can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide
further advice and assistance to indicate this.

In response to your request, I am able to provide the following
information:

In 2009, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) at the
Greendale open space was proposed for designation through the adoption
of the Core Strategy. This proposed SINC boundary was illustrated in pdf:
N32_OS128_Greendale_play_field.pd 

Following the public examination of the Strategy, the Planning Inspector
who examined the Strategy determined in his report (Feb 2011 – Attached)
that there was not enough evidence to adopt the proposed Greendale SINC
boundary - as well as the other SINCs that were also proposed - due to the
lack of background evidence. The Greendale SINC was therefore not adopted
at this stage.

In summer 2014, Land Use Consultants Ltd (“LUC”) was appointed by the
council to undertake an ecological appraisal of the Greendale open space.
It was noted in their appraisal (Attached) that the Astroturf was hard
standing and therefore of low ecological value. The adjoining grassland
between the Astroturf pitch and the Dulwich Hamlets football stadium was
recognised as amenity grassland.

The council also commissioned the Ecology Consultancy LTD to undertake a
borough wide SINC review in July 2014. This survey reviewed all current
and potential SINC boundaries, alongside preparing a record of the quality
and type and of habitats within the borough. This review will form part of
the New Southwark Plan evidence base and will be published later this
year. The Greendale Astroturf was not surveyed in the borough wide SINC
review in light of the findings of the 2014 LUC report.

In light of this updated habitat evidence base, the council determined
that the ecological value of the AstroTurf and adjoining area within the
southeast of the Greendale site was low and did not meet the required
level of habitat and biodiversity that warranted a SINC designation. As
such, this section of the site was removed from the proposed SINC boundary
that was subsequently consulted upon as part of the draft New Southwark
Plan consultation, specifically Page 11 of Appendix 5.

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