A Developers Guide to Biodiversity

How to incorporate biodiversity into your development

This guide provides advice on how to incorporate biodiversity and wildlife conservation into planning application proposals. A local planning authority will consider any benefits in its overall assessment of the merits of each planning proposal

The guidance can be downloaded below, or obtained through the Contact Centre.

Why considering biodiversity is good for your development

  • Reduces delays in the planning process
  • Gives positive public relations through media coverage
  • Improves ratings under the Business in the Environment (BiE) and FTSE4Good indexes
  • Raises your EcoHome and BRE's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ratings
  • Increases your company's Corporate Social Responsibility rating
  • Helps toward industry GreenLeaf awards
  • Exceeds industry Environmental Performance Indicators (EPI)

Steps to take to incorporate biodiversity into developments

The below points outline the steps that should be taken. The guidance goes into much more detail.

  • Pre-application discussions
  • Survey
  • Protect
  • Mitigate and enhance
  • Compensate
  • Monitoring and management

The guidance also contains useful information about:

  • Legislation and guidance
  • Site designations
  • Useful organisations and contacts
  • Useful publications

Files available to download