2006, the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act brought with it a duty for all
public and quasi-public organisations to have regard to biodiversity in the
delivery of all their functions. As a result, local authority
education, housing, economic regeneration and highways departments, as well as the local
planning authority, all have a duty to consider the implications on ecology
resulting from any of their actions.
Whilst paying scant regard to this duty is unlikely to result in a
prosecution, it is feasible that a 3rd party objection to the local
government ombudsman could result in decisions being overturned if this
requirement to consider biodiversity is not satisfied.
work of ecologists within these public bodies is therefore paramount in
ensuring that consents and projects remain compliant with Section 40 (41 in Scotland) of the
Act. Where such expertise is limited, Ecology Network can assist in evaluating
projects or procedures so they can be configured to deliver this requirement.
can also assist in undertaking local and regional biodiversity assessments
and galvanising and empowering partnerships to deliver local biodiversity
work of public bodies may impact upon protected sites or species, either by
the delivery of discrete projects and/or by implementation of policies.
Ecology Network can
undertake the production of both Appropriate Assessments and Strategic
Appropriate Assessments, as well as preceding screening process.
In taking forward compliance, the LPA is
often required to
undertake a number of policy and / or legislation-led actions, such as
carrying out wildlife site or Hedgerow Regulation assessments.
has the capability to effectively deliver such projects.