Biodiversity impact on wildlife pond alleged by commercial angling

The owner of a fishing lake in the Lancashire green belt was allowed to retain the facility after an inspector agreed that it would not undermine the ecological diversity of an adjoining pond.

Planning permission had been granted in 2011 for the erection of polytunnels, greenhouses and two ponds. The ponds differed in shape from the approved plans and one of them was proposed to be used by anglers, a concern to the council who asserted that this would diminish the ecological diversity of the remaining pond. In particular the benefits associated with the approved scheme would not materialise particularly since the design of the second pond was inappropriate for wildlife.

In relying on a study undertaken by the appellant’s ecological consultant the inspector noted that the second pond had scalloped margins and variable water depths and bankside vegetation had been planted. Rocks would provide refuges for small invertebrates and could also be used by wildfowl. These measures would make a positive contribution to biodiversity and appropriate management would ensure that fish eggs were not transferred by wildfowl from the anglers’ pond. Overall the scheme did not involve inappropriate development in the green belt and would increase the biological diversity of the land.

Inspector: Richard Clegg; Written representations

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