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Protection Of The Natural Environment in RCT

Tirfounder Fields mature trees butchered wildlife habitat decimated is this environment protection in RCT

DRAFT RHONDDA CYNON TAF
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 
(2006-21) 

Objective 9, 10, 11 and 14:  Improve, protect and enhance the landscape and countryside; Protect and enhance the diversity and abundance of wildlife habitats and native species; Improve, protect and enhance the water environment and Promote efficient use of land and soils.

Policy CS 13 - Protection Of The Natural Environment
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s distinctive rural character will be preserved and enhanced by the protection and improvement of the natural environment, countryside and landscape from inappropriate development.
Development proposals will not be permitted if it would cause unacceptable harm to the following: -

i) The character and quality of local landscapes and the wider countryside;
ii) Ecology and wildlife of acknowledged importance;
iii) The quality of natural resources including water, air and soil;
iv) Natural drainage of surface water;

Where it is demonstrated that the benefits of development outweigh the conservation interest, mitigation measures required to offset adverse effects will be secured by planning condition and/or obligation.

The natural environment of Rhondda Cynon Taf has seen considerable changes over the past 30 years. As the pressures put upon it by heavy industry have subsided, the visual and wildlife qualities that are unique to the area have been able to thrive and in some cases, return. However, the landscapes and biodiversity that exist within the northern strategy area and the undulating countryside of the valleys mouths and Vale fringe in the southern strategy area are still under continuous pressure from the large human population that lives there.
The Strategy will play a vital role in securing an appropriate balance between protection of the natural environment and historic heritage. In order to maintain and improve the local environment the Strategy is based on providing a high level of protection for important features as well as providing a basis for positive policies on issues such as design, conservation and amenity provision.