Supplementary guidance - Planning and biodiversity
Biodiversity is increasingly important when planning new developments. On this page we will try to help you through some of the issues that are important. The Tayside Biodiversity Partnership have produced the following documents as non-statutory supplementary guidance to the Local Development plan:
- A Guide to Incorporating Biodiversity into Development [3Mb]
- Biodiversity: A Developer's Guide [3Mb]
- Householders' Guide to Biodiversity [2Mb]
Is there a national policy?
Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) sets out the policies that must be taken into account when considering the impact of development on the natural heritage. The guidance confirms that Scotland has a wide range of natural heritage assets which are protected and cared for in a variety of ways. At an international level, Scotland has specific obligations to fulfil in terms of European Directives. There are also national and local considerations in terms of species, habitats and landscapes.
Are there many sites of importance for wildlife and biodiversity?
Perth & Kinross has many important sites that are protected or designated for wildlife and biodiversity. These range from Sites of Special Interest to National Nature Reserves. Many of these have planning restrictions associated with them. You can use SNHi to get information on the sites, their reason for designation, a map reference and other information.
Where can I get more information?
You can use SNHi to find out more about the natural heritage - near you and across Perth & Kinross. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has collected data and information on many aspects of Scotland's environment - on species, habitats, special sites (Sites of Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserves, Special Protection Areas), landscapes, wild land, access, recreation, geology and landforms.
Biodiversity Duty Report
We have published our first report on the actions [231Kb] which we have taken to meet the biodiversity duty. We will publish a report every three years; the next report will be due in 2018.
What about sites that aren't designated?
You can get information on a wider range of species and habitats by going to the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership website.
Can you tell me about the Tay Estuary Management Plan?
The Tay Estuary Forum have recently launched a five- year Management Plan: a non-statutory document aimed at promoting the future sustainable management in the Tay Estuary and along the adjacent coastline. You can find out more on the TEF Management Plan website.