Special protection areas
Some areas in the borough are in the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). This is an area covering various heathland across the Thames Valley. These heathland are an internationally important habitat for rare bird species. Find out more about the Thames Basin Heaths on the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership website.
Natural England have written up plans for how to conserve the SPAs in the borough. You can view them here:
- enter your postcode into the search bar and click onto the 'My Maps' tab
- open the 'Local plan 2003' filter and select the 'Special protection areas' option
What planning restrictions are there in SPAs?
We work with Natural England to decide whether new developments will harm the SPA. Ourshows how we decide on planning applications within seven kilometres of the SPA.
explains how we will decide on:
- minor housing applications
- minor gypsy and traveller site applications