North Devon Council is a member of the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning which aims to simplify and improve the consideration of biodiversity in planning decisions.

The partnership is developing an interactive, web-based tool designed to give an indication of whether a proposed development is likely to affect protected and priority species and if ecological expert advice should be sought to assess this. This practical tool will be designed so that it can be used by everyone who is or will be involved in the planning process to providing positive results for biodiversity.

The Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning is a four-year UK-wide project led by the Bat Conservation Trust and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It is a unique collaboration between 19 organisations representing the development, planning and conservation sectors.

More information and a full list of the project partners can be found on the partnership’s website.