The requirements for ecological and environmental surveys are driven by national and European legislation such as the Wildlife and Country Side Act (1981, amended 2007, 2009), The Badger Protection Act (1992) and the Habitats Regulations (1994).
Additionally the UK has national planning policies. Planning Policy Statement 9 (PPS9) sets out planning policies on protection of biodiversity and geological conservation through the planning system. As a requirement for a development application, up to date ecological surveys are required in order for planners to make informed decisions regarding nature conservation. The presence of protected species or habitats is a material consideration and must be taken in to account before permission may be granted.
Within the UK there are also regional and local plan policies which may have an impact on land for development.
PJC are well versed on legislative and planning issues. For specialist advice, including the need to undertake ecological surveys, support for planning applications, appeals and expert witness need, please contact us to find out more.