To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on (a) biodiversity and (b) the wider local environment of the Sandymoor development.
24 November 2021
I am unable to comment on specific cases as to do so may prejudice my position at a later stage should the case be called-in.
Halton Borough Council, as the local planning, highways and lead local flood authority, will consider the impact of any new development on existing infrastructure, potential flood risk management and environmental impacts, including on biodiversity, setting policies through their Local Plan and as part of their role in determining planning applications.
Environmental protection is at the heart of national planning policy, setting clear expectations about biodiversity net gain and the provision of green infrastructure when new development is planned. Biodiversity net gain will be made mandatory for most new development through the implementation of the 2021 Environment Act.
Homes England, the Government’s housing agency, will consider the benefits and impacts of the proposed development at Sandymoor in their planning applications and supporting Flood Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment. The planning application will then be considered by Halton Borough Council following the regular process for planning decisions.