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Planning Guidance - Planning & Biodiversity

Biodiversity must be considered when planning all 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 guidance to the Local Development plan:

These documents will be reviewed in 2020 to consider any necessary updates including accordance with Policy 41 (Biodiversity) of the Local Development Plan (2019). Additional guidance 'Planning for Nature: Development Management and Wildlife' will be consulted on in 2020.

Further information on local diversity including priority species and habitats can be found in the Tayside Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

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. 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 internationally important protected areas to nationally important Sites of Special Interest and National Nature Reserves. Many of these have planning restrictions associated with them. You can visit NatureScot to get information on the sites, their reason for designation, a map reference and other information.

The Council is in the initial stage of identifying sites of local value to be assessed as local nature conservation sites. More information on this process is available in our icon flyer [2Mb].

Where can I get more information?

NatureScot has data and information on many aspects of Scotland's environment - on species, habitats, protected areas, landscapes, wild land, access, recreation, geology and landforms. Scotland's Environment Web contains a large amount of accessible environmental information mapped across Scotland. Information on species can be found through the NBN Atlas and by contacting local recording groups. Note the Council does not hold a separate record of species.

Biodiversity Duty Report

We publish reports on the actions we have taken to support biodiversity every 3 years. The next report will be published in 2021. You can view the following previous reports:

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.