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Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation in Bexley

Places in Bexley which are valuable for wildlife have been identified as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs).

The River Thames at Crossness (John Archer)

These sites have been identified following Government guidance on local wildlife sites, published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. More detailed guidance on procedures for the identification of SINCs in London has been published by the Mayor of London.

SINCs are graded according to their importance. The top tier, Sites of Metropolitan Importance, are of value on a London-wide scale. Below these are Sites of Borough Importance (sub-divided into Grades 1 and 2) and Sites of Local Importance.

These sites receive protection from harmful development through policies in the London Plan and Bexley's UDP and Local Development Framework. A list of SINCs in Bexley, along with maps and site descriptions, can be found below.

Six weeks consultation of review of SINCs Jan/Feb 2014

The London Wildlife Trust (LWT) was commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley to undertake a review of the Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) within the borough. They also surveyed potential new SINC sites and proposed fourteen strategic wildlife corridors in the borough. SINCs are non-statutory wildlife sites, which receive protection under policies within Bexley's Local Plan. Once agreed, the revised sites will appear on a new policies map in 2015 and form part of the borough's detailed policies and sites local plan document. All SINC sites will also be published on the council website once agreed.

Please see the PDF's below for the draft consultation report, setting out proposed changes. Copies can also be found in all libraries in the borough. Any comments should be received by 5pm Thursday 20 February 2014. Please send any comments to Strategic Planning and Transportation.

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