Protected species and the planning process

The presence of a protected species on your land could affect your planning application

The presence of a protected species on your land could affect your planning application.

Read our biodiversity and the planning process leaflet to find out:

  • which species are protected
  • which types of developments are potentially affected

How might protected species affect my planning application?

If there is evidence, or a reasonable likelihood of, the presence of a protected species, you will need to submit a supporting ecological assessment with your planning application.

You may have to make changes to your proposal if there is a protected species on your land.

We strongly advise applicants to seek advice from our green spaces team before making a planning application.

How do I know if I need an ecological assessment?

We can carry out a screening visit to advise you whether an ecological assessment is necessary. Screening visits costs £60 (inc VAT).

Further information

Planning advice note: biodiversity and the planning process
DEFRA
English Nature

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