Council Consults on Local Nature Conservation Sites

Notification of Consultation 
Designation of Local Nature Conservation Sites
Stirling Council is proposing to designate 17 areas of land as Local Nature Conservation Sites (LNCS) and a report on this matter was considered by the Council’s Environment and Housing Committee at its meeting on 18 November 2022.
Such sites have local nature conservation value on account of:-
  • species diversity, species or habitat rarity, naturalness and extent of habitat;
  • contribution to national and local biodiversity objectives;
  • potential contribution to the protection or enhancement of connectivity between habitats or the development of green networks;
  • potential to facilitate enjoyment and understanding of natural heritage, and geodiversity value.
The Wildlife Information Centre, with the assistance of local environmental voluntary groups and in partnership with Stirling Council, have assessed a range of candidate LNCS, and have now finalised a list of 17 sites within the Stirling Local Development Plan area deemed to be of sufficient biodiversity value to merit formal designation.
Three of these sites is within the area of Dunblane Community Council (linked to site statements)
Copies of the site plans and site statements are attached for information. 
The Stirling Local Development Plan includes a commitment to identify and protect LNCS and, following designation, they should subsequently not be adversely affected by development proposals (Policy 8.1 and 8.2 refer) 
The Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan, adopted by Council at its meeting on 24 June 2021, identifies LNCS designation as a means to contribute toward Objective 4 -  Optimise Biodiversity and Increase Carbon Storage Potential of Nature - with a target of 100 designated sites throughout the entire Council area by 2030. Designation of LNCS is also a priority action in the supporting Alive with Nature Plan.
Comments are now invited on the proposed designation and should be submitted by Monday 21st  November 2022.
Further information can be found via this link:-  Comments and representations can also be submitted via the Engage platform.
Due consideration will be given to any responses  received, these will be summarised and reported to a future meeting of the Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, along with a recommendation as to whether sites should now be formally designated.
Please contact me should you have any queries or require further information.
Richard Callender
Senior Planning Officer (Planning and Policy)
Planning and Building Standards Service | Stirling Council | Old Viewforth | Stirling FK8 2ET
T: 01786 233662 | M: 07876 877019 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |




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