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Ecology, designated sites and planning

Telford & Wrekin Council has a ‘biodiversity duty’ to act in the interest of biodiversity in carrying out all our activities. The Council has a team of Ecology and Green Infrastructure Specialists and Biodiversity Technicians who work as a consultee within the planning system, provide evidence to the Local Plan process and advise the Council in managing its own land for the interest of biodiversity.

Planning applications

If you are making a planning application then there is potential for protected and priority species and habitats to be impacted (depending on the site and proposals). It may be that a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) or Ecoloical Impact Assessment (EcIA) is required to support a planning application and detailed species surveys (e.g. for vascular plants, bats, great crested newts, dormouse, birds, otter or water vole) may also be required. Assessments of impacts upon designated sites may also be required in some cases.

View our Designated Sites Map

Biodiversity Net Gain

From 12 February 2024 a mandatory 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has come into force for major development. This has come into force under the Environment Act (2021) and requires futher ecological assessment of habitats on development sites. 

Further information can be found on our Biodiversity Net Gain page.

The best way to establish whether a PEA, EcIA, BNG Report or other ecological information is required is to use the Council’s Pre-application advice service. View information about pre-application advice.

Last updated: 16/02/2024 11:48

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