Natural England Standing Advice to Planners

Natural England has produced internet based standing advice for planners on their role in dealing with protected species, ancient woodland and veteran trees when handling planning applications.

Planning legislation  and court decisions make clear that the impact of development proposals on protected species must be taken into consideration when reaching a decision on those proposals and the planning application must include sufficient information when submitted to enable a well-informed decision to be reached. If this is not done a planning permission can be nullified by legal proceedings.

The web link to the Natural England standing advice is;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/protected-species-how-to-review-planning-applications

(N.B. Advice Updated August 2016)

The Essex Biodiversity Project would also like to point to its own planning guidance "Integrating Biodiversity into Development" which was last updated in July 2014, and can be seen by following the link in the main menu.