All the flora, fauna and landscape in the plan area are inextricably connected. If an area is converted from a field to a residential development, the overall number of plants and animals  living in the area will be affected.

It is possible to change the biodiversity of the area for the better by increasing the area of species-rich land and by linking such areas to allow animals, birds and insects etc. travel from one habitat to another. It is also possible to make man-made developments less intrusive by building in such things as wild life corridors.

Of course all such activities come at a price either in terms of cash, resources or space and this plan tries to strike the right balance between these competing aspects.

This section contains information corresponding to Core Policy CS17 of the West Berkshire Council Core Strategy Development Plan (DPD) 2012 - 2026.