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Planning Guidance - Planning & Biodiversity

Biodiversity must be considered when planning all new developments. Policy 41 of the Local Development Plan 2 sets out these requirements. On this page we will try to help you through some of the issues that are important.

The Council's position and expectations from planning applications are contained in the draft icon Planning for Nature: Development Management and Wildlife Guide [8Mb] which is currently available for consultation. Please visit our consultation hub to have your say. Consultation closes on 31 October 2021. The draft guide can be used to help applicants prepare planning submissions. Submissions will be required to be consistent with this guide, once adopted.

The draft document was screened for a requirement to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment through a icon Screening Determination [285Kb] in 2018. 

The guide should be read in conjunction with the following documents:

The Tayside Biodiversity Partnership have produced the following documents as non-statutory guidance to the Local Development plan. These documents contain very useful information on legal obligations, mitigation and enhancement.

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. Scotland has specific obligations to fulfil in terms of European Directives which have now been incorporated into Scottish law. There are also national considerations in terms of species, habitats and landscapes.

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 currently identifying sites of local value for geodiversity and biodiversity which will be assessed and adopted as local nature conservation sites. More information on this process is available in our icon Local Nature Conservation Sites Project flyer [2Mb].

Information Resources

  • 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. You can view the previous reports on our Enhancing Biodiversity page. The next report will be published in 2024.

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.