Planning for Biodiversity
Providing information and guidance on how to integrate planning and development while looking after our ecological assets in Dorset.
In order to comply with all relevant government legislation on biodiversity a Biodiversity Appraisal scheme has been set up in Dorset. You may need to have a bat and/or biodiversity survey carried out prior to applying for planning permission.
Advice notes and guidance sheets
A series of advice notes and guidance sheets are available on protected species (for example, bats, otters and badgers), non-native invasive species and habitats in Dorset, with best practice guidance.
A number of ecological consultants have contacted Dorset County Council and appear on an Environmental Consultants List.
Biodiversity Appraisal in Dorset
You may need to have an ecological survey carried out by a suitably qualified person prior to applying for planning permission.
- Environmental Consultants List
A number of consultants have approached Natural England or the Natural Environment Team as being able to carry out ecological surveys.
- Species and Habitat Advice Notes & Guidance Sheets for Planning
The Natural Environment Team produces a series of advice notes and guidance sheets.