Back in August 2014 we were made aware of a planning application to develop the former cordite magazine, at Priddy’s Hard, Gosport. The site itself is designated for its nature conservation value at county level, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), and therefore we were opposed to the development on a point of principle.
The application was contrary to the Borough Councils own planning policies, therefore we also objected on those grounds. Furthermore we were concerned that the applicant had provided insufficient evidence to determine that the proposals would not adversely impact a European Protected Species, in this case great crested newt Triturus cristatus and other protected species for which the SINC had been designated.
Interestingly, the site once formed part of a larger area that had previously been developed for housing. As part of the previous permission, the current application site and the immediate area had been identified for retention for nature conservation and enhancement. Due to the presence of rare plants, great crested newts, badgers and reptiles the site was ultimately designated as a SINC.