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Environment Policy S-BIO-4

Proposals must demonstrate that they will avoid reducing the distribution and net extent of priority habitats.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals must show where any activity or development will reduce the distribution/extent of a priority habitat. This should be supported by evidence where appropriate.
  2. Details of priority habitats are available from Natural England. Priority habitats are habitats that are of 'principle importance' for biodiveristy conservation.
  3. The proposal must include all available evidence on priority habitats in the area, and further evidence may be needed if there are gaps in evidence
  4. Proposals should include details of discussions and consultation with Natural England.
  5. Proposals may include a map to show where activity is in relation to priority habitats.
  6. 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.