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Legislation, planning policy and guidance

Legislation

In reaching planning decisions, planning authorities need to ensure that the requirements of relevant wildlife legislation are addressed and may need to request relevant information from the applicant. Examples of relevant legislation include:

Licences may be required for proposals that would affect protected species or their habitat. Planning consent does not over-ride the need to obtain such licences. Information to demonstrate how licensing requirements will be addressed may need to be submitted with a planning application.

Planning policy and guidance

When making planning decisions, planning authorities need to ensure that the requirements of relevant planning policies and associated guidance relating to ecology and biodiversity are addressed and may need to request relevant information from the applicant. This includes, for example: