As a small local charity with limited resources we have to be very selective as to which local planning applications and policy documents we get involved in. We have strict criteria in place to help us decide but essentially we comment on those where there is the most to lose or most to be gained.
We were recently consulted by Natural England on the proposed new Special Protection Area (pSPA) for the Dorset and Solent coast, and considered that this should be a priority. The consultation title was in fact a bit misleading, since the proposed area extended from the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset to Bognor Regis in West Sussex and therefore we decided to provide a joint response from the three local Trusts’ (Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Sussex). The proposal is designed to protect the three tern species, Common, Little and Sandwich.