Canterbury City Council calls for ‘ecological’ sites


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Canterbury City Council has launched a ‘Call for Sites’ consultation inviting developers, land agents and landowners to put forward sites which will help them meet their climate change and ecological goals as part of the development of its Local Plan. Those with potential sites need to act before Friday 11th March to ensure their sites are included.

The Council would like to establish what land could be available for renewable energy and natural environment purposes. This includes sites which can:

  • Increase and enhance wildlife species and habitats and their connectivity.
  • Provide accessible open and green spaces for parks, allotments, play or outdoor sports.
  • Areas for tree planting to help with carbon sequestration and to increase connectivity between woodland areas.
  • Areas for solar arrays, onshore wind turbines and the related infrastructure.

The council will assess sites against a range of criteria, but it is important landowners look at all the future options for their land.

Callum Preece at BTF Partnership comments: “Landowners should already be considering a range of options for their land as part of a Natural Capital scheme including Biodiversity Net Gain or Carbon Capture projects, particularly with the gradual loss of Basic Payment Scheme income. In some cases, land may be suitable for more than one scheme and we can carry out a Base Line Assessment of your Natural Assets along with a bespoke report and individual guidance to enable you to make an informed decision about your next steps. It is important to respond to this call for sites but to keep all your options open before making a final decision.”

For more information please contact Callum Preece at or call 01233 740077.