Biodiversity Checklists

Biodiversity Checklists are often used in support of Design and Access Statements as part of an application for full planning permission. Local Planning Authorities use Biodiversity Checklists to help them decide whether or not a site has good biodiversity value, and therefore whether more detailed survey and assessment information is required before determining the planning application.

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Case Studies

Planning for Biodiversity - Advice Note for development in South Downs National Park

In 2012 we worked on behalf of the South Downs National Park Authority, and in association with Alison Farmer Associates landscape practice, to prepare a householder Advice Note on considering the possible ecological, landscape and cultural heritage impacts of proposed developments, alterations or extensions.

The project required a consideration of the special ecological characteristics of the ......

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The requirements of a Biodiversity Checklist vary from place to place, but will often lead to a consideration of:

  • Vegetation present on site (e.g. trees and hedgerows)
  • Habitats and other features present on site (e.g. ponds or buildings)
  • The site’s location in relation to nationally or locally designated sites
  • The outcome for the above as a result of site clearance, demolition, construction/modification and landscaping
  • Plans for external lighting

Every site is different, and its current use, character and position in relation to neighbouring land will all influence whether a site is likely to be valuable for biodiversity. Completion of a checklist may lead to a need for further survey.