Considers the impact on priority habitats and species, and on statutory and locally designated sites, when planning applications are assessed.
Ensures that planning conditions and obligations are included in planning decision notices to avoid loss or damage to priority habitats or species or if not possible to mitigate or compensate for them.
Supports developments with the purpose of conserving or enhancing biodiversity, as well as the inclusion of biodiversity improvements in and around other developments.
Refuses planning consent when significant harm to biodiversity resulting from a development cannot be avoided, adequately mitigated, or, as a last resort, compensated for, and when the required biodiversity net gain is not demonstrated.
Ensures that all planning process stages promote green infrastructure provision and take advantage of the opportunities for habitat creation, links between habitats and contributing to ecological networks.