Parishioners have made clear to the Council over many years, their desire to protect the Parish landscape and wildlife, and indeed this forms a corner stone of the Parish Plan. Generally, parishioners tend to work on a 'good neighbour' basis and help protect the tranquillity and beauty of the Parish.
However, a number of instances have occurred recently where trees have been felled and shrubs and hedging removed. In some cases this 'site clearance'
seems designed to forestall proper consideration of planning applications and the possible imposition of conditions to protect the landscape and wildlife.
The Parish Council views cynical actions of this nature as being totally reprehensible, and will seek to expose them and call for action from the appropriate authorities as a matter of urgency.
Accordingly, whilst the Parish Council recognises the rights of individuals to undertake work on their own properties, where the Council believes that such work:
- may affect wildlife which is protected by law, or
- is being undertaken to circumvent planning and conservation requirements which may be imposed as part of a formal consideration of a planning application to be submitted at a later date the Council will seek early intervention by South Downs National Park Authority and WCC to stop the work from being undertaken.
Naturally, the Council will view more sympathetically planning applications that seek to preserve and enhance the sylvan landscape and arbocultural heritage of the Parish, a policy strongly supported by South Downs National Park, Winchester City Council and other stakeholders..