The scale of development in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight is such that it is impossible for us to comment on all planning applications which put wildlife at risk. We need to prioritise; an obvious priority is to defend our nature reserves.
A nature reserve which is currently under threat from the impacts of development is Emer Bog. Emer is a relic of the once extensive Baddesley Common, one of the many historic heathlands that stretched from the New Forest to the Itchen Valley. At present Emer Bog sits in an island of countryside between Chandlers Ford, Romsey and North Baddesley.
We have recently mapped current development proposals around Emer Bog, these include those already submitted and developer aspirations. There are a suite of proposals (coloured blue) around the nature reserve (coloured red). The coloured contours on the map show distances from the reserve at 1, 3 and 5 km intervals. In late summer 2014 there were nearly 4400 new homes planned within 5km of Emer Bog, the majority within 3km.