The fight to save the city’s trees is lost as a new building is approved


The plan to build a pumping station and generator on Bass Recreation Ground has been given the green light by Derby City Council despite opposition from the city’s leading environmental group who are concerned about the loss of 70 trees . But city planners have decided that the benefits of the flood defense project outweigh the loss of green space.

Activists from Derby and South Derbyshire Friends of the Earth, who launched a Crowdfunder appeal, had planned to take the council to court over the planning request, which is part of the Derby Our City Our River ($95million) pound sterling). 4OCOR) flood resilience system.

Although the council had planned to cut down dozens of trees, they were able to do so as the nature of the work meant that only four of the trees were included in what is considered permitted development rights, meaning that no building permits were required for any of the others. trees, most of which have now been felled.

A view near the Fleam mill where the pumping station will be located

Dorothy Skrytek, a member of the Friends of the Earth group, said: “We have taken legal advice on the matter and the lack of response from other organizations such as the Wildlife Trust, no evidence of bat roosts and a general lack of public objection has not Courts are more likely to take notice of regimes that are more controversial and have more registered objections.

“Given the risk of costs and the uncertainty of a judicial review, I think that on balance it was probably wiser not to contest. That said, I would advise residents to monitor the development very closely. to ensure that the planning conditions attached to the authorization are strictly respected.

The OCOR project includes the construction of a road in the recreation ground and the removal of trees and all vegetation on both sides of the Fleam Mill, for a distance of 60 meters or more.

The trees are the same ones that were due for felling 24 years ago and were saved by eco-warriors, when for ten months they successfully occupied tents and trees on Bass’s Rec to prevent the felling of up to 250 trees to make way for Pride. Ride.

Ms Skrytek remains unconvinced the pumping station will be the answer to the extreme flooding in Derby. She added: “A pumping station at this location will itself be flooded by the River Derwent and by pumping more surface water runoff from the town center into the River Derwent the risk of flooding is increased for residents. of Alvaston, Elvaston, Borrowash, Thulston and beyond.”

Insufficient objections did not trigger the accommodation request to be submitted to a committee meeting for decision and instead it was dealt with by the authority of the delegated officer.

More trees that have been felled

A statement accompanying the planning approval said: “The scope of work proposed in this application is warranted to facilitate the delivery of part of the Our City Our River project and the significant benefits it will bring to the city. These flood risk benefits are deemed to outweigh the loss of green space that would occur within the neighborhood park, given the scale of the development and its location.

“No adverse impacts are considered to occur to the heritage assets and no road safety issues arise from the provision of the temporary access track. The removal of trees from the site and implications for biodiversity have been fully addressed. Assessed with appropriate mitigation measures for replacement tree planting Secured by conditions of planning permission There are no wider environmental or amenity concerns.


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