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.
specific conditions for allocated development sites to protect and conserve biodiversity.
Supplementary Policy Document on Biodiversity published in 2019
Barnsley Council has a dedicated biodiversity officer and impacts on biodiversity are considered in planning applications where relevant.
Barnsley Biological Record Centre has been established to collect and make available records of important sites, habitats and wildlife species. More than 380,000 records have been collected since 2011.
Phase 1 habitat mapping has been undertaken across Barnsley.
Panel set up to designate, review and monitor Local Wildlife Sites (LWS).
There has been an increase in the number of designated LWS since 2010
Nature Improvement Area in the Lower Dearne Valley established. 2012
SSSI designation of sites in Dearne Valley, 2021
Consultation and adoption of Local Biodiversity Action Plan. 2022
Consideration of further sites for potential LWS designation
Monitoring of impact of policies on biodiversity on planning applications, planning conditions and obligations
Monitoring of impact on biodiversity of development following planning consent
Planning decision conditions/obligations on biodiversity
Mitigation undertaken as set out in planning decision conditions
Biodiversity enhancements carried out as agreed as planning obligations in relevant planning decisions
Loss of or harm to biodiversity mitigated or avoided
Net gains in biodiversity following planning decisions