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All Local Authorities have a duty to consider the conservation of biodiversity (natural environment) when determining a planning application. Government planning policies for biodiversity are set out in Planning Policy Statement 9 - Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (PPS9).

As part of 1APP (National Application Form), the submission of a biodiversity survey and report is listed in 'Local Planning Application Requirements'  and 1APP Document Type Descriptions

Most of the Hampshire Local Planning Authorities (under the umbrella group of HIPOG) have adopted a joint working approach to the local requirements. This has been endorsed by Natural England. All Local Authorities in Hampshire have identified the submission of a biodiversity survey and report as a requirement for certain application types.

For these applications if a biodiversity survey and report is NOT submitted, the application will not be validated.

A biodiversity checklist has been prepared that needs to be completed for the application types identified. If a proposed development could have impacts on or implications for biodiversity, and the submission of further information is indicated by the response to completion of the adobe icon 1 APP Biodiversity Checklist [254kb], supporting information MUST be submitted with this application or the application will not be validated.

Other useful documents and links

adobe icon Natural England letter [19kb]

National Planning Portal

Natural England

Planning - Department for Communities & Local Government

Updated: 18 Jan 2017
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