The development of our urban and rural areas can have significant impacts resulting in a decline of biodiversity. However, if ecology is considered at the start of the planning process, development can have a positive impact where management, restoration and enhancement features for habitats and species are integrated into the design.

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.