Planning considerations about biodiversity and wildlife
Biodiversity and wildlife
The presence of protected species is a material consideration in the determination of planning, listed building, advertisement consent and Estate Management applications.
This is in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 9 (Biodiversity and Geological Conservation) (PPS9), Natural Environment & Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 (section 40), Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as well as Circular 06/05.
What you need to do
1. Check the biodiversity considerations
2. Check the biodiversity and wildlife in the area:
- check if protected species are recorded in the area at the Hertfordshire Environmental Records Centre
- check the location of Wildlife Sites, Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on our community map *
- visit Natural England and Building Futures for more information
* please note this information may be out of date.
3. Complete a biodiversity checklist before you apply
You should complete a checklist to determine whether there is a likelihood of protected species being present.
If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions on the checklist you should speak to a qualified ecologist to determine whether a survey is required.
4. Complete an ecological study (if required)
- before submitting a planning application, you should consider if it is likely that an biodiversity offence will occur
- if it is likely you should carry out a phase 1 ecological study and prepare a report
- if the ecological study finds protected species are present and that an offence will occur you will need to carry out more studies
- these studies will need to demonstrate that the three derogation tests can be met