Where appropriate, proposals for development should incorporate features that enhance biodiversity and geological interests.
- The plan policy reflects the aspiration set out in the Marine Policy Statement and that enhancement opportunities "should be maximised" – Marine Policy Statement paragraph 126.96.36.199. Identifying 'positive' impacts of a proposal does not remove the need to assess negative impacts in line with whatever legislation or assessment requirements apply. An enhancement is not a substitute for avoidance, protection or mitigation measures.
- Enhancement may include improving the resilience of ecosystems like the effects of climate change, and providing ecosystem services such as flood protection and water filtration.
- 'Where appropriate' includes where it is reasonable to expect such features to be included that are consistent with or do not compromise the primary purpose for which the development is proposed – whether this relates to technical constraints, cost or other reasons.