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Harmful Arundel bypass route can be a nationwide scandal

Emma Tristram says the laws to guard historic woodland could have the perverse impact of inflicting probably the most damaging choice to be chosen

Thanks to Patrick Barkham for highlighting the harmful madness of the Arundel bypass scheme (The highway to rural oblivion, 14 November). He mentions historic woodland and says it wants authorized safety. Truly historic woodland (ie, wooded since 1600) already has authorized safety, and “compensation planting” is required – the ratio is determined by English Nature, however could also be a a number of of seven and even as much as 30 occasions the world taken.

The laws to guard historic woodland could have the perverse impact of inflicting probably the most damaging choice to be chosen. Highways England has run a public session, which blatantly favours the route via Binsted woods, 100 hectares of very good high quality semi-natural broadleaved woodland. The woods have been right here because the Domesday Guide – big, mysterious, unmanaged, filled with fallen bushes which have regrown from horizontal, and an extremely wealthy hotspot for uncommon wildlife. However some components have had a cleared interval within the final 400 years, so are usually not designated as historic woodland.

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