Natural Environment (policy documents and guidance)
Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANGS) and Surrey Landscape Character Assessment.
Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANGS)
'Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace' (SANGS) is the name given to the green space that is of a quality and type suitable to be used as mitigation in the context of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (TBH SPA).
Its role is to provide alternative open space to divert visitors from visiting TBH SPA. SANGS are intended to provide mitigation for the potential impact of residential development on the SPA by preventing an increase in visitor pressure on the SPA. The effectiveness of SANGS as mitigation will depend upon the location and design. These must be such that the SANGS is more attractive than the SPA to users of the kind that currently visit the SPA.
Maps of the Borough's SANGS
Note: The site at Ottershaw Memorial Fields is not designated as SANGS land although this area is shown on the maps.
Improvements to SANGS
SANGS visitor surveys
Strategic Access Management and Monitoring funds enable the coordinated visitor management across the whole of the publically accessible TBH SPA. The funds are used in part to survey the Thames Basin Heath' Authorities SANGs on a rolling basis, which were last undertaken in Runnymede late 2016/early 2017 at St Ann's Hill and Homewood Park. The purpose is to identify any improvements to the SANG and the information is passed to the Council's Geen Spaces team.
The Thames Basin Heaths Partnership Project is a partnership between 26 organisations and its aims are to lessen potential impacts from increased local housing development. The project is funded by contributions from all new residential dwellings within 5km of the SPA. More information can be found on the partnership's dedicated website http://www.tbhpartnership.org.uk.
Surrey Landscape Character Assessment
Landscape character assessment (LCA) is a technique for analysing elements in the landscape and understanding the way they combine to make one character area different from another.
Surrey County Council undertook a Landscape Character Assessment across the County in 2015. There is a dedicated chapter in the LCA which relates to Runnymede and this chapter and its supporting documentation can be viewed below:
For more information on the Surrey Landscape Character Assessment can be found on Surrey County Council's website.
A revision of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Surrey
Ancient woodland is a nationally important habitat and in 2011, a partnership project funded by a number of organisations, including Runnymede Borough Council, updated the ancient woodland inventory for Surrey. The document can be found here.