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Information about our role in protecting biodiversity

How we protect biodiversity

Biodiversity is the term applied to the variety of life on Earth. It can refer to:

  • a particular species, or group of species or;
  • an individual plant or tree to a whole habitat

Biodiversity can cover the genetic make up of a single cell of DNA to all the organisms which make up the whole of the planet.

Biodiversity influences all aspects of the quality of our lives. From it we get the ingredients which contribute to many things, including:

  • making fuel
  • medicine
  • cosmetics and construction materials

Biodiversity also improves the places where we live, providing exercise, recreation and relaxation. Therefore it is essential that we protect biodiversity, and improve it from an international through to local level.

The planning process

The planning and development process has an important role to play in removing or at least controlling some of the pressure. We work with International, European, National and Regional legislation to make sure that we're fulfilling our duties towards biodiversity as a local planning authority.

Failure to address biodiversity issues may cause a planning application to be refused.

Local Development Framework

We are also in the process of preparing the Local Development Framework (LDF). Policies in this document will aim to protect and improve our biodiversity in the borough.

A Green Infrastructure Study, currently being undertaken, will identify areas of multi-functional green space, including areas for biodiversity to do well.

More information is available in our Working in Partnership to Improve Biodiversity in the Borough document, and Biodiversity in the LDF document. You can find both documents at the bottom of this page.

Designated sites and protected species

We have a variety of chosen sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. These range from International, European, National and Local sites of importance.

We are lucky to have a large number of chosen sites, most of which are easily accessible. Please note, that some of these sites, although open to the public, support rare and fragile species and ecosystems. Therefore it's important to check before visiting if the site is open, or restrictions apply. This information can usually be found on managing organisations website.

Further information is available from our chosen sites and protected species documents, and other biodiversity documents. These can be found at the bottom of this web page.