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Biodiversity assessment

This is required if the site is:

  • in or next to a national habitat site
  • within 8 metres of a watercourse or within the corridor of a watercourse
  • known or likely to contain protected species or habitats

Read the requirements in:

  • our Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2019 (Policy ID4)
  • our Local Plan 2003 (Policy NE4)
  • the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (paras 174, 175, 176)
  • the National Planning Policy Guidance Circular (06/2005)

Find more information about protected sites and species on the Natural England website.