Legislation and Policy – Planning Policy

We’ve updated our information relating to Legislation and Policy pertaining to hazel dormice. We are sharing with you this information over a series of Legislation and Policy related blog posts. Alternatively all of the updated information can be found here: https://hampshiredormousegroup.co.uk/about-dormice/legislation-policy/

Here is information on the planning policy relating to hazel dormouse:

Planning Policy

Section 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides guidance on conserving and enhancing the natural environment through the planning system and replaces the preceding Planning Policy Statement 9 (PPS9):  Biodiversity and Geological Conservation.

As mentioned above Dormice are a S41 ‘Species of Principal Importance for the conservation of biodiversity’. The NPPF specifies that when determining planning applications and writing planning policies, local planning authorities should aim to conserve and enhance ‘biodiversity’ including by applying the following principles:

  • if significant harm resulting from a development cannot be avoided, adequately mitigated or (as a last resort) compensated for, then planning permission should be refused;
  • planning policies should promote the preservation, restoration and re-creation of priority habitats, ecological networks and the protection and recovery of priority species populations, linked to national and local targets, and identify suitable indicators for monitoring biodiversity;
  • planning permission should normally be refused for development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland and the loss of aged or veteran trees found outside ancient woodland;
  • development proposals where the primary objective is to conserve and enhance biodiversity should be permitted;
  • opportunities to incorporate biodiversity in and around developments should be encouraged.

In addition to National Policy summarised above, Local Planning Authorities will have their own emerging or adopted Local Plan policies, which may set out how planning decisions will be made with respect to biodiversity and species such as Hazel Dormice.

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