All planning applications need to include as a material consideration, detailed information about ecological matters (including protected species) on, adjacent to, or even simply near development sites. If the habitat is found to be suitable for protected species, usually by a Phase 1 Survey, then these need to be surveyed for. If found present and likely to be affected, it may need to be shown that
- alternative designs or locations have been considered
- that adverse effects will be avoided where possible
- that unavoidable impacts are mitigated for or reduced
- as a last reort, where the above cannot be fulfilled, there will be adequate compensation.
Without adequate professional survey information in the form of a report, your planning application may be refused. Timely surveys help plan mitigations where necessary.