Biodiversity to be given greater consideration in Nottingham’s planning process

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Nottingham City Council is due to take a step towards protecting and enhancing biodiversity linked to new developments next week.

The Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is set to go in front of the City’s Executive Board on Tuesday 18 February, and if approved will help to increase, protect and enhance the biodiversity as new developments come forward. This includes plants, microscopic organisms, trees, habitats, animals and ecosystems.

The SPD, which went to consultation in June last year, provides guidance to developers on how to consider, increase, protect, enhance and incorporate biodiversity into new proposals and adds further detail to the policies set out in the council’s Local Plan. Future planning proposals must show they have considered:

  • The impact of the scheme
  • Any legislative and polices which protect existing biodiversity
  • How to avoid, mitigate or compensate for adverse impacts
  • The necessary measures required to increase, enhance, monitor and maintain biodiversity

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “Biodiversity is all around us and this includes on sites proposed for development. Consideration of biodiversity is therefore a key aspect of sustainable developments.

“The decisions made today will impact on the quality, diversity and abundance of habitats and species available for future generations. Therefore, if we want to continue to protect our natural environment and benefit from our biodiversity, we need ensure that we put the right plans and polices in place now to help protect and where possible, enhance it.”

Once the Biodiversity SPD is approved, planning officers and members of the Planning Committee will be able to use this document alongside other documents when deciding whether to allow or refuse planning permissions.