Part A) No development shall take place until a Biodiversity Assessment is submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. The assessment will:
- Identify and measure biodiversity unit loss (in habitats and river units) resulting both directly and indirectly from the approved development.
Any subsequent variations to this assessment, shall be agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority
Part B) Following the Biodiversity Assessment, and within 12 months of the grant of this planning permission, an Environment and Biodiversity Strategy shall be submitted to, and agreed in writing by, the local planning authority which confirms the approach to ensuring biodiversity loss (identified in Part A) is to be mitigated within the development site, and where demonstrated not to be feasible, to be compensated for off-site, together with the mechanisms for its provisions and on-going management. The Strategy shall include the following:
- The details of any new and enhanced biodiversity created on site, relevant to this development site;
- The details of compensatory habitat where onsite mitigation is demonstrated to not be feasible, relevant to this development site;
- The details of treatment of site boundaries and/or buffers around water bodies, relevant to this development site;
- The details of long-term maintenance regimes and management responsibilities, relevant to this development site.
The Strategy shall be approved by the Local Planning Authority. The identified mitigation and, where demonstrated to be necessary and feasible, compensation, shall be provided in accordance with the Strategy and any subsequent agreed amendments to it, and shall be implemented within 12 months of operation.
REASON: This approach is supported by paragraphs 170 and 175 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which recognise that the planning system should conserve and enhance the environment by minimising impacts on and providing net gains for biodiversity.
REASON FOR PRE-COMMENCEMENT: A pre-commencement condition is required as the impact of the development will occur on the commencement of development