Land Use and Biodiversity

Number
Action
Activity
Latest Update
1
Securing tree planting through development proposals and Biodiversity Net Gain from new development
Clear numbers now in a newly adopted Supplementary Planning Document for tree replacement.
Ongoing
2
Support more approaches by communities for tree planting on our land where there aren’t any trees.
Create a formal system to facilitate a process as part of the new grounds maintenance scheme.
Underway
3
Develop and adopt a more biodiversity/ environmentally conscious Grounds Maintenance procedure
New Ground Maintenance procedure will review various elements, including eliminating weedkiller.
Underway
4
Pushing tree planting agenda within Neighbourhood Plans and supporting mapping of local ecological networks and corridors.
Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy to be sent to Neighbourhood Plan groups.
In progress
5
Ring-fencing and promoting a % of Members grant schemes (SCLF/Localities Fund) towards tree planting schemes for community groups.
Develop formal process and framework.
Rolling out 2021
6
Develop and adopt Environment Design Guide to support Development Management proposals.
Investigate and review during the Joint Local Plan Review stage
2024
7
Natural coastal and flood management approaches to increase carbon sequestration, reduce erosion, and deliver improved catchment management.
Explore and scope options with South Devon AONB to establish what intervention methods are available
Report at the end of 2021
8
Investigate the potential to apply a % management fee to offsite compensation/ Biodiversity Net Gain payments to part-fund a new/existing role in terms of findings sites to delivery.
Review in 2021
Review in 2021
9
New development led by SHDC to be exemplar (e.g. building with nature, bird and bat boxes, good design with GI etc.)
Ongoing
Ongoing
10
Support the Forestry Commission in planting 20 Hectares of woodland throughout the South Hams
Ongoing
Ongoing
11
Contribute to the creation of a Devon Nature Network and assist with the recovery of Devon's biosphere.
Enable landowners to express an interest in hosting biodiversity net gain initiatives related to development. Potentially allocate land for Carbon Sequestration. Other initiatives.
Ongoing
12
SHDC engages with members of the public and farmers to look at alternatives to using herbicides and pesticides (in particular glyphosate).
To form part of our communications and outreach work in the first instance.
Ongoing