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Planning and biodiversity

The planning system plays an important role in helping to protect the natural environment. This is secured in planning policy and legislation relating to biodiversity.

As a planning authority, we have a duty to conserve and enhance biodiversity. This includes considering the impact on the local natural environment (including habitats, biodiversity and geology) when deciding planning applications. For us to do this effectively, you may have to submit ecological surveys or assessments with your planning application.