The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has a responsibility to protect, conserve and enhance wildlife and the natural environment when considering development proposals. Vulnerable species and habitats can be adversely affected as a result of development and it is essential to consider the potential impacts of proposals upon the ecology of development sites. If there is potential for any adverse impacts, mitigation or compensation measures may need to be incorporated.
European and UK legislation provides protection to certain species and sites; there is also national and local planning policy and guidance on the protection of wildlife. The level of protection afforded to these species and habitats varies, but is a material consideration at all stages of the planning and development process. A summary table of wildlife legislation, policy and guidance can be found here.
Natural Resources Wales are the statutory consultee on planning applications that affect designated sites and protected species. Further information on their work can be found here.
It is important to consider wildlife issues and [where necessary] commission surveys early in the planning process in order to avoid unnecessary delays to your planning application. The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has produced Authority Approved Planning Guidance – Best Practice in Biodiversity and Geological Conservation in Planning and Development. Please refer to this guidance before submitting a planning application; it is available as full guidance and as summary versions for use by householders and developers.
Please note that the Authority Approved Planning Guidance is due to be updated following the adoption of the Local Development Plan.
The Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and the Brecon Beacons National Park (BIS) is an important resource for records of species and habitats at and around development sites.
Biodiversity By Design– A guide for Sustainable Communities by the TCPA provides guidance on how to maximise the opportunities for biodiversity in the planning and design of sustainable communities. It covers each stage of the design process, presenting a toolkit of best practice that can be tailored to different scales of opportunity.
In the event of your planning application being considered acceptable in all other respects, there is likely to be a requirement for some form of biodiversity enhancements(s), on the basis that we are required to seek these in the processing of our duties, planning included. Suggestions on biodiversity measures that could be incorporated can be found in Biodiversity Enhancement Measures and submission of the form Biodiversity Enhancements Information Form with your application would greatly assist.
For further information, the Planning Ecologist can be contacted through planning enquiries.
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