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Planning and Ecology

In the role of Local Planning Authority (LPA) Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) has a responsibility to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment when considering proposed development, planning applications and land use changes.

Meadow Pipit - Copyright Trevor Theobald

Vulnerable species and habitats can be adversely affected as a result of development and it is the responsibility of the LPA to consider the potential impact of the proposal upon the ecology of the site. If there is potential for any adverse impact; mitigation or compensation may need to be incorporated into the scheme to offset any negative consequences.

European and UK legislation, national and local plans place responsibilities on the LPA which include the protection of European Protected Species (EPS), UK protected species and Sites and Species of Principle Importance. The level of protection afforded to these species and habitats varies but it is a material consideration that their protection be considered at all stages of the planning and development process.

 Relevant plans and legislation include:

Local Planning Policy

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Local Development Plan adopted 2010.

National Planning Policy

Planning Policy Wales (Edition 5, November 2012) Chapter 5

 

Technical Advice Note 5 (TAN 5), Nature Conservation and Planning (2009)

 

National Legislation

 

Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (transposes European legislation, the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive, into UK law)

 

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

 

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

 

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

 

Bluebell - Copyright -Trevor Theobald

The Local Development Plan for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park considers the potential impact of proposed development on the natural environment, species and habitats, under Policy 1) National Park Purposes and Duty, 8) Special Qualities, 10) Local Sites of Nature Conservation or Geological Interest, 11) Protection of Biodiversity, 15) Conservation of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and 29) Sustainable Development Criteria B.

The British Standards for Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development (BS 420202:2013) amalgamates best practice and guidance for those in the planning and development sector. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority will take into account the British Standard for Biodiversity and would encourage those in the planning, development and environmental sector to adopt the processes and recommendations as published.

Validation

In accordance with Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 and the British Standards for Biodiversity applications which require ecological surveys will not be validated until such information can be provided. The level of information should be necessary, relevant and proportionate to the development and adequate to inform the determination of the application.

The Trigger List for bats provides further information on proposals likely to require bat surveys, other activities likely to require ecological surveys include wind turbines, hydroelectric schemes and development adjacent to internationally and nationally important sites (see Protected Sites). Pre-application discussions provide an opportunity for applicants to identify if surveys are required and are recommended at an early stage.

For more information regarding ecological issues in relation to planning and development contact: Planning Ecologist on 01437 776376 or ecology@pembrokeshire.gov.uk