Dave Wood to Natural England Chair Poul Christensen, asking about the timetable for area designation. Poul responded that he understood the frustrations but stated that they were looking at the process and hoped to have this complete by the end of the year.
There was then a comment from the floor that he should look at
increase their planning resource and the number of people available to help with landscape planning issues which are perhaps considered a ‘Cinderella in planning.’
A representative from Kent Downs AONB raised the subject of biodiversity offsets.
Morgan Parry (CCW) said much was being done in an urban context but there was much wider scope to be more creative at a landscape scale. Natural England supported this view claiming huge potential but that DEFRA need to be brave and develop a framework for this to happen.
A question from the floor about CoaST funding.
Manda Brookman (CoaST) responded that they were a social enterprise and that there was no one source but that their funds came through a variety of partnerships.