The National Planning Policy Framework requires all schemes to show an ecological enhancement. This can sometimes cause problems when designing masterplans especially if layouts have been fixed before ecological input is sought. It can be very costly to incorporate large areas of green space within fixed layouts if consideration to biodiversity has not been given at the design stage. Early engagement with an ecologist is key, but we have also provided a summary of easy wins and dos/don’ts when designing your development layout.
Biodiversity Planning Toolkit
The Biodiversity Planning Toolkit is a new online resource launched in 2011 and developed by the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE). The aim of the toolkit is to enable users to incorporate biodiversity features within their development design.