Having protected species on a site rarely prevents development but the applicant will need to take steps to secure the protection of the species and that they comply with relevant legislation and licensing.
CONSIDER ECOLOGICAL ISSUES EARLY TO ENSURE THEY DO NOT RESULT IN AVOIDABLE DELAYS
A surprising number of unique species can be found in Pembrokeshire. Species commonly affected by planning applications in Pembrokeshire include:
|European Protected Species (EPS)||UK Protected Species|
|All wild birds, their nests and eggs
Barn owls (additional protection from disturbance)
When determining a planning application, the presence of a Protected Species (PS) is a material consideration if the proposal is likely to result in disturbance or harm to the species and in some cases their habitat.
TAN 5 states:
“It is essential that the presence or otherwise of protected species, and the extent that they may be affected by the proposed development, is established before the planning permission is granted, otherwise all relevant material considerations may not have been addressed in making the decision.”
The Local Planning Authority will consider the potential impact of the development upon the species based on information provided by the applicant to support their application. This may include a Protected Species or Extended Phase 1 Survey, proposals for compensation, mitigation or enhancement and drawings to support the inclusion of such features. Consultation will also take place with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation for the Welsh Government.
Further information on protected species
Bats and Planning
Bat populations have declined drastically in recent years. Many of our bats are under threat and several are very rare. This decline is due to a range...
Dormice and planning
Dormouse populations are rare in Pembrokeshire and are threatened by the loss and fragmentation of habitat and poor woodland management.