Biodiversity Action Plans

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Key Legislation:

For more detail on the Legislation relevant to this page, please use the following links:

Guidance Notes: Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation. August 2005.
PPS9 sets out planning policies on protection of biodiversity and geological conservation through the planning system. Equivalent policies for the devolved states are Wales: Technical Advice Note (TAN) 5 – Nature Conservation and Planning 1996 Scotland: Planning Advice Note (PAN) 60 – Planning for Natural Heritage 2000.
UK Biodiversity Action Plan UK BAP identifies 65 habitats as priorities for conservation action, 25 of which are marine habitats.
In addition JNCC lists 88 Marine Species as priority species for which a biodiversity action plan has been drawn up. The full list is available on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan website.Many of these species are also covered by other overarching legislation particularly relating to Habitats Regulatory Assessment.
Enforcement Powers: The planning/consenting authority is obliged to ‘have regard’ for the habitat and species management plans set out within the relevant BAP document(s). The enforcement powers provided within the key pieces of applicable legislation (see Legislation tab) can be utilised to address non-compliance.
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Key Organisations:

Key organisations involved in the protection and enhancement of biodiversity include: