Decision details

Impact of Housing Development and Roads on Stone Curlew - The Way Forward

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To set out to members the current position in terms of the research and understanding of the issues relating to the effects of development on Stone Curlew.




1)           a further examination of the existing data be commissioned in respect of building classes (Appendix 2, Table 1, option 1 of the report) in respect of the future approach towards development within 1,500m of Breckland Special Protection Area (SPA) supporting Stone Curlew; subject to


2)           a Chief Officer Group being convened from all the affected authorities to discuss whether a clear joint pathway could be found with the aim that all those local authorities that include Special Protection Areas contribute to further Stone Curlew research on a pro-rata basis. 


The above approach was consistent with the advice and recommendations of both Natural England and the Government Office (East).  A broad working split of proportions for discussion would be Breckland 35%, Forest Heath 35%, St Edmundsbury 20% and Kings Lynn 10%.


Reasons for the decision:

Capita Symonds had concluded that Breckland Council initiated high level discussion with adjoining authorities to jointly fund and commission Table 1 of the report.  Should this approach not progress in a timely manner, the Council solely commission and fund option 1 of the report to inform (a) a review of the Core Strategy, and (b) aid the Development Management process.

Alternative options considered:

See report.

Report author: Mark Stokes

Publication date: 02/12/2010

Date of decision: 30/11/2010

Decided at meeting: 30/11/2010 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2010

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