Write to Eric Pickles: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr Pickles,
Last week Kent County Council decided to allow the destruction of 78 acres of ancient woodland so that more aggregate can be quarried to build more roads. This decision has been referred to you as it falls outside of KCC's mineral extraction strategy and I am asking you to turn it down. Here is why:
Ancient woodland is a valuable source of biodiversity. Oaken Wood is ancient woodland and has been shown to be wooded since the 1600's. Kent Wildlife Trust have found a wide range of species on the site including one that is unique to the wood. Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation explains why ancient woodland is so valuable and therefore why Oaken Wood should be protected.
Minerals Planning Policy Statement 1 states 'do not permit mineral proposals that would result in the loss or deterioration of ancient woodland, not otherwise statutorily protected'.
If this quarry is allowed to go ahead, you will be making a dangerous precedent for the future undermining ancient woodland across the country. Please do not allow our woodland to become this unprotected.