Hampshire County Council, as a responsible authority, is required to ensure that the risks of impacts on biodiversity are adequately considered

This must be done when delivering its own development and in its determination of planning decisions.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006

Public authorities have a statutory duty to have regard to conserving biodiversity as part of their policy or decision making. Conserving biodiversity can include restoring or enhancing a population or habitat.

DEFRA guidance for public authorities on implementing the duty

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

A core principle of the NPPF is that the planning system should contribute to conserving and enhancing the natural environment by:

  • minimising impacts on biodiversity
  • providing net gains in biodiversity

NPPF Section 11: Conserving and enhancing the natural environment

Legislative requirements

There are other legislative requirements to meet, at:

Further information

Further information on all relevant legislation and guidance