Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protected Areas (SPA) have been designated in Pembrokeshire under the EC Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive respectively as sites that will make a significant contribution to conserving habitat and species identified as most in need of conservation throughout Europe.
There are several designated SACs in Pembrokeshire and certain aspects of development may impact upon features of the SAC. The Local Planning Authority must make an assessment of the implications of development on the SAC before approving any plan or project by screening the proposals through a Test of Likely Significant Effect (TLSE). If the proposals are likely to have a significant effect an Appropriate Assessment may have to be carried out.
Nationally important sites and planning
Within the UK sites that are nationally important for plants, animals or geological or physiographical features are protected by law as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). In Wales there are 1,019 SSSIs and the smallest of these, a lesser horseshoe bat roost, is to be found in Pembrokeshire.
Any proposed development that has the potential to harm nationally, regionally or locally important sites will be carefully assessed in accordance with national planning policy guidance. This is to ensure that sites and species dependent on the sites are protected from any potentially adverse impacts as a result of proposed development.
Map showing protected sites designations in Pembrokeshire
Click the link to see a map showing the different designations in Pembrokeshire.
The National Park Authority welcomes and encourages early discussions before a prospective developer or landowner submits a formal planning applicatio...
The Application Process
Find out about the different stages your application may need to pass through before a final decision is reached.
Some minor building works can be carried out without the need to obtain planning permission - this is called permitted development.
Building Control (the need to meet the requirements of Building Regulations), Sustainable Urban Drainage Approval and Planning (the need to meet Plann...
In this section you can view the Authority’s Management Plan, which outlines the overarching strategy for the Park and the Landscape and Seascape Ch...
Consider ecological issues early to ensure they do not result in avoidable delays.
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act provides an applicant who is also the owner of the land, an opportunity to voluntarily enter into an ...
Tree and Hedge Management
Trees are an integral feature of the landscape of the National Park and require particular attention when considering a planning application, as well ...