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Environment and Planning

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation

Cornwall Council is committed to both conserving and enhancing the natural environment when delivering projects. The project team is liaising with ecologists, arboriculturalist, landscape architects and other statutory consultants to ensure that the proposed designs have minimal impact, and provide opportunities for environmental enhancements.

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Where possible, the scheme routes are being selected to avoid key ecological areas, important landscape features and valuable habitat. Where adverse impact is unavoidable the appropriate mitigation measures will be introduced. Tree surveys will also aid scheme designs as they will identify the location, condition and importance of tree species along the route.

The Saints Trails run through a varied landscapes from woodland, open countryside and urban areas. It is important that the proposals blend with the surroundings and reflect the local landscape character. To achieve this, native plant species will be used throughout the schemes including wildflower meadows, species-rich Cornish hedges and creation of woodland where possible to enhance biodiversity through layered tree and shrub planting.

Extensive ecological surveys are to be carried out along the length of the schemes and surrounding areas. Notable species present may include dormice, bats and otters. Mitigation measures are to be developed to protect and enhance sensitive habitats. Ways to increase available habitats for some species such as bat boxes and creation of log piles to attract reptiles and insects are also being investigated.

 The majority of the schemes under development will require planning permission. The planning strategy is to submit applications for sections of the various routes that would standalone on their own merits. The timing of these applications is dependant upon the more detailed design and stage of negotiation with landowners being sufficiently advanced, plus when all the required environmental surveys and assessments have been completed.

Pre-application discussions have already commenced with colleagues in the planning department in a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA). It is next proposed to seek an Environmental Impact Assessment ‘Screening Opinion’ from the Planning Authority as the next stage of the Planning process. Subject to the outcome of the Screening process planning applications would then be submitted in spring and summer 2020 for standalone sections of the routes as all the necessary technical and environmental surveys and assessments are completed.

 This page will be updated with links to the various applications relating to the Saints Trails on the Cornwall Council Planning portal as they are submitted.

This page will be updated with list of the various applications relating to the Saints Trails on the Cornwall Council Planning portal as they are submitted. Search for the reference number on the Planning application portal or use the direct links below:-