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Environment Policy S-BIO-1

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts on natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity must demonstrate that they will, in order or preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals must include an identification and assessment of any significant adverse impact on natural habitats and species. This should consider the ability of habitats and species to ability to adapt to changing conditions, undergo seasonal migrations and remain connected throughout the habitat. Proposals must include relevant evidence showing consideration of S-BIO-1.
  2. If this is not possible, proposals should show how impacts will be minimised or mitigated, such as avoiding work during seasonal migrations, using temporary or floating structures or introducing juvenile fish shelters and corridors for movement.
  3. Proposals must include a map of the location of their activity showing its relation to relevant habitats and species.  
  4. Proposals must consider the available evidence about natural habitats and species and where there are gaps in the evidence they may need to provide specific evidence. Natural England and JNCC can offer further advice on habitats and species.
  5. Proposals within Marine Conservation Zones or European Marine Sites must include an assessment of the potential effect upon the interest features of the protected sites.