Ecology advice

Page updated on: 24/01/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning applications can be submitted as usual and are being processed as soon as possible; however, we would advise you to make online applications if able to as our offices remain closed to staff, resulting in significant delays for paper applications.

We are experiencing a backlog of applications due to lockdown which had an impact on service delivery, and saw a number of staff re-deployed to essential frontline services. Therefore, it may take a period of up to three months, on top of the usual delivery timescales, to determine applications.

The Planning Committee is currently meeting remotely twice a month in order to reduce the backlog as much as possible; and priority will be given to employment-related applications.

Site visits will only be carried out, where they are deemed necessary; along with the posting of site notices where practicable. Neighbour notification letters are being used where appropriate.

Enforcement complaints are being progressed where they are considered by officers to be of high or medium impact (for example, where there are health and safety implications) or matters that are able to progress in the absence of a site visit.

We would like to thank you for your patience during this period.

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We recognise the important contribution that planning can make to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity within the County, including habitats and species of international, national and local importance and that biodiversity conservation and enhancement has an integral role in sustainable development and is fundamental to the social and economic wellbeing of Carmarthenshire’s residents. 

The development of our urban and rural areas can have significant impacts resulting in a decline of biodiversity. It is also recognised that development can have a positive impact where management, restoration and enhancement features for habitat and species are incorporated.

The planning ecology service seeks to ensure that the provisions of legislation and national policy and that of the Local Development Plan are delivered at a local level and that planning applications are accompanied by the correct information that follows best practice guidelines. The need for biodiversity information is not confined to planning applications. It can apply to applications for Listed Building consent, Tree Preservation Order consent, Conservation Area Consent and Demolition Notifications for example.

The information on our website will assist applicants and developers in identifying the potential for projects and proposals to impact on biodiversity. It will also inform planning officers and ecologists of the level of information required to adequately assess the effects of a development proposal on biodiversity interests.