Planning and Development.
A key part of Barnsley Council’s planning policies is to seek to minimise and mitigate any adverse impacts on biodiversity and to enhance and provide net gains in biodiversity.
Many developers and land owners take pride in the contribution they can make to enhance the environment and respond positively to the need to protect and enhance biodiversity.
However Barnsley Council also has regulatory powers and sets planning conditions and agrees obligations for development.
National Policies and Legislation
The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 places the statutory duty on Barnsley Council to have regard to the purpose of conserving biodiversity in the exercise of its functions.
The National Planning Policy Framework 2018 states that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment, including by
It also states that plans should promote …
and identify and pursue
A Supplementary Planning Document on biodiversity policies will be published in 2019.
Information on the area’s priority habitats, priority or protected species or designated sites are given in this Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
Some development sites and their immediate settings may have minimal biodiversity interest and smaller scale development such as domestic extensions or changes of use in urban settings may not create adverse impacts on biodiversity.
However it is always important to look out for such impacts. An existing building may have bats roosting and swifts nesting; a garden may be regularly visited by hedgehogs; and a brownfield patch may support notable invertebrates.
Considering potential impacts on biodiversity as well as opportunities for its enhancement should inform site selection, designs, planning applications, construction and ongoing uses of the sites.
Developers and the planning authority also to take account of the legal protection of certain species.
Further information is given via the following links on conserving and enhancing biodiversity, minimising and mitigating adverse impacts, and taking account of protected species.
Information is also given on the role and actions of Barnsley Council