Eastleigh Borough Council has secured a strong series of enforcement measures against the land and landowner of Scorey’s Copse at Horton Heath.
A Stop Notice’ came into effect on Sunday 9 May that replaced the Temporary Stop Notice which expired on Monday 10 May. This Stop Notice cannot be appealed and means that all engineering works must stop and no further works are permitted without consent from the Local Planning Authority. All the tree waste must also be removed and the land must be restored to its previous levels to enable the woodland soils to recover.
A ‘Tree Replacement Notice’ comes into effect on 4 June 2021 and requests 37 English Oak’s with a minimum of 14-16cm girth and a height of 2.5m together with 613 “whips” of hawthorn, hazel, alder buckthorn, and blackthorn must be planted. The replanting is to be carried out within the next available planting season, November to March, with all planting to have been completed by no later than 31 March 2022.
Cabinet Lead for Environment Cllr Rupert Kyrle, “I’m delighted that our enforcement, environmental and legal teams have worked together to bring about this action. It sends a strong message that we will simply will not tolerate this sort of flagrant and illegal destruction of our natural environment.”
The case for further action remains ongoing.