Thursday 1 June 2017

Birdwatching Shelter Planning Application

The planning application for our Birdwatching Shelter on Horton's Mound at Tice's Meadow is now live on Surrey County Council's website.

Public consultation is open until June 13th.

We'd greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to provide a positive comment through the council's planning portal (if you think the shelter is a good idea).

To do so, click where it says "Click here to comment on this application", fill out your personal details and add your comments (upto 2000 characters) or attach a letter.

NOTE - Make sure you change the drop-down box to "Not Objecting"!

You might like to say something along the lines of:

I support this application as Tice's Meadow is developing into one of the best places to watch birds, and other wildlife, in Surrey.

There is a clear need for an all-weather shelter on Horton's Mound as it can be exposed to inclement weather. The shelter will form a centrepiece to the site, and the wider Blackwater Valley, and allow the hard-working volunteer groups, visitors and local residents to enjoy the wildlife on their doorstep in relative comfort.

The proposed shelter design has been carefully thought through and includes a bio-diverse brown roof and wall mounted invertebrate habitat panels which will not only mitigate the impact of the new shelter but actually add to the bio-diversity of the site.

The roof will be planted with native plant species which will provide food, and habitats, for threatened invertebrates.

Access for disabled visitors has been included in the design, and the shelter will be linked to the Blackwater Valley Path by a new all-weather path, bridge and RADAR gate.

The shelter will have a minimal carbon-footprint as it is based on a re-used shipping container and uses as many locally sourced recycled and re-appropriated materials as possible.

The visual impact of the shelter will be mitigated through the painting of it olive green, the bio-diverse roof and careful planting around the sides of the structure.

Thank you for your support!

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