Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

02 OCT 2018

Ancient Woodland

Thank you for taking the time to email me about protections for ancient woodland and veteran trees, I am afraid I will be unable to attend the APPG AGM on this matter as it clashes with a meeting of the Health Select Committee, which I chair.

Nonetheless, I hope the following information on this topic from the Ministry of

Housing, Communities and Local Government is of interest:

The final revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework, sets out that "development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats (such as ancient woodland and ancient or veteran trees) should be refused, unless there are wholly exceptional reasons". This will ensure that these irreplaceable areas are not lost for future generations.
The revised version of the Framework will protect our ancient woodland and our aged and veteran trees for decades to come.

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