Proposals must demonstrate that they will avoid reducing the distribution and net extent of priority habitats.
- 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.
- Details of priority habitats are available from Natural England. Priority habitats are habitats that are of 'principle importance' for biodiveristy conservation.
- 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
- Proposals should include details of discussions and consultation with Natural England.
- Proposals may include a map to show where activity is in relation to priority habitats.
- 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.