Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategy SPD

Burnham Beeches is designated as a Special Area of Conservation to conserve its Beech Trees and associated plants. This is the highest level of protection in England and Buckinghamshire Council as the competent authority must assess if development is likely to cause harm to the Beeches.

The council has concluded that any additional homes within 500 metres of the boundary of the Beeches are so likely to cause harm from additional human trampling and dog exercising to the Beeches that there should be a presumption against additional homes. This supplementary document sets out the evidence for this presumption.

The council has also concluded that additional homes built over 500 metres and up to 5.6 kilometres from the boundary of the Beeches will need to contribute financially to education, monitoring and survey projects. These projects are designed to help reduce any likely harm to the Beeches and are set out in the supplementary planning document.

If you require any further information, please contact Simon Meecham by email: Simon.Meecham@Buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Please note that you may not receive an immediate response.