It is shocking that there are plans to build housing on a site that was only recently designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The SSSI initiative was created to protect the area from this kind of development. The suggestion to translocate the nightingales is also an ill thought-out plan, as if it was that easy to establish them, then they would not be in decline in the UK. Additionally, little monitoring is often carried out after the displacement of a species, for example in great crested newts, which should be rectified before we carry on assuming that it is an appropriate method for offsetting development projects.
Lodge Hill, once used for bomb disposal training, is described as a brownfield site by Medway council, who earlier this month granted outline planning permission for the homes despite opposition from a planning inspector, local councillors and environmental groups including the RSPB, The Woodland Trust, Kent Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife International and the Dickens Countryside Protection Society.