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Biodiversity / geodiversity survey

Policy driverCircular 06/2005|External link
National Planning Policy Framework|External link Section 11 Paragraphs 109, 117, 118
Replacement Unitary Development Plan - Policies NE15, NE16, NE17 and NE18.
Type of application
  • All planning applications likely to affect protected species
  • All planning applications likely to affect protected sites and habitats.
Geographic locations where this information is requiredWhere relevant.
What information is requiredAssessments of impacts and proposals for long term maintenance and management.
Where to look for further assistanceIf, after reading the 'Further Information' you are still unsure about the information to submit please contact the Council’s Conservation Officer on 01422 284430.

Further information

Where a proposed development may have impacts on biodiversity or geodiversity, sufficient information should be provided to enable full consideration of those impacts. Where proposals are being made for mitigation and / or compensation and enhancement measures, information to support those proposals will be needed.

Where appropriate, accompanying plans should indicate any significant wildlife habitats or features present and the location of habitats of any species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, Habitats and Species of Principal Importance as defined under S41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 or the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The The Calderdale Biodiversity Action Plan identifies the local Habitats and Species of Principal Importance which can help inform the need for and scope of any ecological assessment and enhancement measures.

Applications for development with potential impacts on semi-natural habitats, including ancient woodland and rivers, that will affect areas designated for their biodiversity interest or Habitats of Principal Importance will need to include assessments of impacts, mitigation measures and proposals for long-term maintenance / management and enhancement. Landscape schemes should adhere to these principles. For details of the Species and Habitats of Principal Importance to the area, see the the Calderdale Biodiversity Action Plan.

Further guidance on what planting may be appropriate to a certain area, can be found at Flora Locale|External link or by using the BSBI's (Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland) Vice-county census catalogue|External link. Select South-west Yorkshire (63) from the list of Vice-counties, and Native plants when using the search.

Certain proposals which include work such as the demolition of buildings or roof spaces, removal of trees, scrub, hedgerows or alterations to water courses / ponds may affect protected species and the applicant will need to provide information on them, any potential impacts for them and any mitigation proposals for such impacts. Natural England provides information on some of the protected species most often affected by development and provide standing advice regarding survey information and mitigation required. Further guidance on when surveys are likely to be needed can be found in Biodiversity and geological conservation validation checklist [PDF file 153KB]|PDF file.

Ecological reports should meet the Guidelines for Ecological Report Writing  published by the Chartered institute of Ecology and Environmental Management 

National policies for biodiversity are set out in Circular: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation - Statutory Obligations and their impact within Planning Regulations (ODPM Circular 06/2005|External link, DEFRA Circular 01/2005) and Planning For Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice|External link.

Bat surveys

Last Updated: 01/09/2016