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Environment Policy BIO1

Appropriate weight should be attached to biodiversity, reflecting the need to protect biodiversity as a whole, taking account of the best available evidence including habitats and species that are protected or conservation concern in the East Marine Plan and adjacent areas (marine, terrestrial).

Policy Considerations

  1. ‘Appropriate’ should be judged by reference to the Marine Policy Statement, existing requirements and information provided in the East marine plans.
  2. A proponent may wish to consider new evidence that builds upon that within the plan document when applying policy BIO1. This is likely to include specific project-level information that provides more up-to-date evidence or further detail at a more local level. Proponents may wish to consider consulting with the appropriate decision maker, and ultimately with the statutory nature conservation bodies – Natural England within 12 nautical miles and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee beyond 12 nautical miles – as the lead advisers on biodiversity.
  3. A proponent may wish to consider the importance of biodiversity in the functioning of healthy, resilient and adaptable ecosystems to natural variation and trends, and the provision of ecosystem services such as flood protection and water filtration within a proposal.
  4. As a general principle, development should aim to avoid harm to biodiversity including through location, mitigation and consideration of reasonable alternatives. "Where significant harm cannot be avoided, then appropriate compensatory measures should be sought" – East marine plans, paragraph 214. Decision makers may wish to consider applying precaution within an overall risk-based approach, in line with the sustainable development policies of the UK administrations.
  5. It is important to note that the absence of evidence does not mean there are no features that are sensitive or of conservation concern. Further proposal-specific evidence may be required.

Broadscale Habitats

This plan policy references the following data sources:

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.

Habitats

This plan policy references the following data sources:

  • East marine plan areas (MMO)
  • Habitats of conservation importance – areas and points for:
    • Coastal saltmarsh (Defra)
    • Intertidal mudflats (Defra)
    • Saline lagoons (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Subtidal chalk (Defra)
    • Sheltered muddy gravels (Defra)
    • Seagrass beds (Defra)
    • Sabellaria spinulosa (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures possible (Defra)
    • Intertidal mytilus edulis beds (Defra)
    • Intertidal mudflats (Defra)
    • Estuarine rocky habitats (Defra)
    • Coastal saltmarsh (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Estuarine rocky habitats (Defra)
    • Seagrass beds (Defra)
    • Saline lagoons (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Sabellaria spinulosa (Defra)
    • Subtidal mixed muddy sediment (Defra)
    • Sheltered muddy gravels (Defra)
    • Subtidal chalk (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Peat bed exposures (Defra)

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.

Species

This plan policy references the following data sources:

  • East marine plan areas (MMO)
  • Species of conservation importance (Defra)

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.

Annex 1

This plan policy references the following data sources:
  • East marine plan areas (MMO)
  • Habitats of conservation importance – areas and points for:
    • Coastal saltmarsh (Defra)
    • Intertidal mudflats (Defra)
    • Saline lagoons (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Subtidal chalk (Defra)
    • Sheltered muddy gravels (Defra)
    • Seagrass beds (Defra)
    • Sabellaria spinulosa (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures possible (Defra)
    • Intertidal mytilus edulis beds (Defra)
    • Intertidal mudflats (Defra)
    • Estuarine rocky habitats (Defra)
    • Coastal saltmarsh (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Estuarine rocky habitats (Defra)
    • Seagrass beds (Defra)
    • Saline lagoons (Defra)
    • Peat & clay exposures (Defra)
    • Blue mussel beds (Defra)
    • Sabellaria spinulosa (Defra)
    • Subtidal mixed muddy sediment (Defra)
    • Sheltered muddy gravels (Defra)
    • Subtidal chalk (Defra)
    • Subtidal sand and gravels (Defra)
    • Peat bed exposures (Defra)

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.