|Thank you for your enquiry regarding the temporary basketball training
venue on Leyton Marsh, which we are aware of. Natural England provided
advice to the Planning Authority under Section 28i of the Wildlife and
Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), and concluded that the proposals
would result in limited biodiversity impacts on the site itself, which
is amenity grassland and will be restored; and that they would not have
a detrimental effect on the nearby Walthamstow Marshes SSSI, which is
unlikely to sustain significant increases in visitor pressure that would
damage or disturb the interest features. I am the lead officer for the
SSSI; I attended the site recently and I continue to be satisfied that
this is the case.
As the proposal is for a temporary structure the potential impacts have
been assessed as such, and this gives no indication of Natural England's
views with regard to impacts on the SSSI if a permanent structure were
to be proposed in the future.
I am sorry that I am not able to offer further assistance with Leyton
Marsh at this time, but I hope this addresses your query.
Best wishes and kind regards,
Surrey, Berkshire and London Land Management Team
0300 060 4764
07827 983 540
(27 April 2012)