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Recent History of Jesmond Wood

Trees

In the 1960s, a strip of woodland in Highcliffe, was purchased by Hampshire County Council from a developer, in order to build a relief road.  Plans changed, the road wasn't built, and by 2001 the Council had recognised the ecological value of the area – the last remnants of an ancient forest.  The mile-long stretch of woodland running through Highcliffe village was designated a protected wildlife corridor. Identified as part of an Existing Ecological Network linking Nea Meadows, Local Nature Reserve with Chewton Common, Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).  At the centre is Jesmond Wood.

Jesmond Wood has two area Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) for all species, and has been a protected habitat since the 2001 Local Plan (saved policy ENV15).

However we should not assume that these orders and policies will provide adequate protection and so we must continue to actively object (via the official platforms) to future development applications and appeals that threaten the woods existence.

To provide context, here is an overview of the applications submitted to develop the woodland over the last few years, which would change the character of Highcliffe and the purpose of Jesmond Wood forever.

Date
Description
Outcome
Decision
Planning Reference
02/10/2023
Appeal against the decision notice for application 8/22/0306/FUL
Refused - Appeal Withdrawn
APP/V1260/W/23/3324151
11/08/2023
TPO tree work. Application to fell +50 trees
Approved. Conditions to replant.
08/09/2023
8/23/0579/TTPO
31/07/2023
Regulation 14 - Dead and dangerous. Fell 46 trees
Does not require consent
29/08/2023
8/23/0547/REG14
TPO tree work. BCP Environmental Services notice to cut back vegetation overhanging the Highway
Overhanging vegetation cut back
07/02/2022
8/22/0987/TTPO
08/04/2022
Full planning permission. Erection of 16 residential dwellings
Refused
15/12/2022
8/22/0306/FUL
Regulation 14 - Dead and dangerous. Fell 7 trees
Does not require consent. Conditions to replant
01/03/2021
8/21/0126/REG14
24/11/2020
Outline planning application. Erection of 23 residential dwellings
Refused
08/04/2021
8/20/0965/OUT
05/07/2019
Outline planning application. Development of 18 houses and 36 apartments
Withdrawn
16/06/2020
8/19/0943/OUT
26/11/2018
Appeal to Planning Inspectorate
Dismissed
29/03/2019
APP/E1210/W/18/3208180
26/11/2018
Appeal against Enforcement Notice issued by Christchurch Borough Council
Appeal dismissed and enforcement notice upheld
29/03/2019
APP/E1210/C/18/3208175
27/04/2018
Full planning permission. Retrospective application for the erection and retention of hoardings
Refused
22/06/2018
8/18/1070/FUL
04/04/2017
Outline planning application. Development of up to 40 dwellings and 68-bed residential care home
Refused
12/02/2018
8/17/0763/OUT
25/03/2016
Full planning permission. Erection of temporary hoarding 2.4m high to enclose proposed residential development
Withdrawn
06/12/2017
8/16/0080
09/03/2016
TPO Tree work. Fell 16 trees and other tree work
Consent with conditions to replant and inform officer
17/05/2016
T/16/0050
22/12/2015
Brentland Ltd takes ownership of Jesmond Wood from Christchurch Borough Council

Notice for mobile users: A table of current and past planning applications is available on this page for Desktop/Laptop users. The list has been compiled from all the applications on BCP Christchurch Planning Portal and Planning Inspectorate (appeals casework portal) where you will be able to find them and associated documents. 

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