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Environment Policy S-BIO-2

Proposals that incorporate features that enhance or facilitate natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity will be supported.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals should consider the inclusion of features that support or increase natural habitats and species ability to adapt to changing conditions, undergo seasonal migrations and remain connected throughout the habitat.
  2. Features that could be used include incorporating natural habitat in flood defences, and adding habitat features of habitat to hard infrastructure, such as fish shelters
  3. Proposals should consider available evidence about natural habitats and species and where there are gaps in the evidence they may need to provide specific evidence.
  4. Enhancement is not a substitute for protection, avoidance, minimisation or mitigation measures (see S-BIO-1) and when proposing such features there should also be consideration of the wider impacts on the environment. Natural England and JNCC can offer further advice on habitats and species
  5. Proposals within Marine Conservation Zones or European Marine Sites should include an assessment of the potential effect upon the interest features of the protected sites.


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