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Urban Spaces Aims

1.  Planning permission should be required for the paving, decking and  fake-turfing of more than 10% of any garden.  Private house gardens, when considered together in an urban setting, form a coherent network of green  spaces which are extremely valuable in a city. Paving, decking and fake-turfing these spaces can increase  chances of localised flooding by leaving less soil available to absorb rainwater, as well as removing  important habitat favoured by many declining species, such hedgehogs or house sparrows. 2.  Hedgehog holes should be made compulsory in all new fencing.  The hedgehog, one of the most iconic and loved animals...
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Upland Ecology Aims

PROPOSALS: 1.  Downgrade all National Parks to AONBs – they are not yet worthy of the  name of National Park – and then call all these areas Upland Nature Areas  (UNAs).  The Environment Act of 1995 set out two statutory purposes for national parks in England and Wales (with  minor differences for Scotland): 1. Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.   Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by  the public. Furthermore, a recommendation made in 1974, known as the 'Sandford Principle', states that  "where irreconcilable conflicts exist between...
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