All building works will change the natural environment and there is either the risk of a negative impact or the opportunity to make a positive difference. In all cases the planning authority has to consider biodiversity when assessing a planning application. For the planning authority to make this assessment they may require certain information, such as surveys. This information in turn may lead to conditions on the development.
The information on these pages is given to help find a way through this sometimes confusing process. It will be useful to planning authorities, developers and their agents and others interested in planning applications in their area.
The planning authority has various legal duties and policy commitment to fulfil around biodiversity.