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All proposals for new development should meet the objectives and legislative requirements identified within this module. However, no two projects will be the same and each individual project should be assessed within its wider context.

Depending on the type of development proposed, the impacts on both landscape and biodiversity are likely to differ between applications. Therefore, the information required to support development proposals, the scale and type of mitigation, any compensation and the context in which these need to be considered will differ. 

The following section provides guidance to householders, developers and planners of what landscape and biodiversity issues should be considered for different development proposals. Although, not requiring planning permission, as good practice any development covered by the General Permitted Development Order (GDPO) should, as a minimum, consider the same Landscape and Biodiversity issues as Individual Householder applications. 

The checklist below has been structured around the five stages of designing and implementing a scheme. It should be used as a guide only with the exact requirements for a proposal to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and discussed with the relevant Local Planning Authority at the pre-application stage of the development process.

Further information on what to include in applications can be obtained from the relevant Local Planning Authority or the Association of Local Government Ecologists interactive biodiversity toolkit.

Checklist key:

checklist 1

Development checklist:

checklist 2