Agenda

Council - Wednesday 15 September 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber. View directions

Contact: Alec Dubberley  Democratic Services Manager

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Thought for the day

2.

Apologies for Absence.

3.

Mayor's Announcements.

4.

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

5.

Declaration of Interests.

6.

To deal with any petitions received under Standing Order 8a.

7.

To answer questions asked by the public under Standing Order 8.

8.

To answer questions asked by Members of the Council under Standing Order 9.

9.

Changes to Representation on Committees and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 226 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager

10.

To receive questions and comments from Members concerning any matter dealt with by the Executive or by a Committee or Sub-Committee (Standing Order 11.1).

10a

Minutes of meeting Monday 5 July 2021 of Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 147 KB

10b

Minutes of meeting Thursday 8 July 2021 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 124 KB

10c

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 13 July 2021 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 119 KB

10d

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 28 July 2021 of Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 193 KB

10e

Minutes of meeting Thursday 5 August 2021 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 128 KB

10f

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 10 August 2021 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 115 KB

10g

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 31 August 2021 of Joint Consultative and Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 118 KB

10h

Decisions made under delegated authority pdf icon PDF 147 KB

11.

To consider comments, of which due notice has been given, under Standing Order 11.03(a).

12.

To consider motions under Standing Order 12.

Building with wildlife in mind

 

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has brought an important paper forward in their homes for people and wildlife document. This document creates the environment for a more harmonised living world for both people, animals and plants. In line with this document I wish to table the following motion:

 

This council supports the adoption of a supplementary planning document in line with the “Homes for People and Wildlife” document as soon as is practicable. If approved, the supplementary planning document would be a material consideration in relation to the determination of planning applications. All future planning applicants would have this additional document made available to them with their application, and the points included from the applicant relevant to the supplementary planning document would need to be considered by the Council when determining the application.

 

This policy would fill a large void in the councils existing decision making process with regards to the impact of development on wildlife. It would help councillors, residents and applicants better understand the environmental credentials of new build developments and help them make their decisions in line with our challenges around habitat loss and bio diversity decline.

 

Some of the measures which could be considered for inclusion in the supplementary planning document and proposed in the Homes for People and Wildlife document include:

 

·         Permeable driveways to help reduce flood risk

·         Trees, hedgerows, water and other habitats integrated with development

·         Wildflower verges along roads and formal open spaces

·         Lighting designed to avoid disturbing wildlife

·         Sustainable urban drainage, swales and raingardens for wildlife and flood relief.

·         Bat roosts, bird boxes and other wildlife features designed into buildings

·         Renewable energy and water efficiency built in from the outset

·         Safe, attractive, connected pedestrian and cycle routes

·         Features and corridors to help invertebrates, reptiles, hedgehogs and other mammals

·         Wildlife-friendly green roofs and walls

·         Native, wildlife-friendly plants of local origin used in gardens and landscaping

·         Wildlife-permeable boundaries between gardens and open space

·         Allotments and community orchards for local food

·         Street trees for wildlife, shade and improved air quality

·         Interpretation panels to help people understand the needs of wildlife and the environment.

 

I would encourage all members to support this urgent motion to protect our bio diversity and enhance the quality of our buildings across the Borough.

 

Proposed: Councillor Adams

Seconded: Councillor Sam Smith