The purpose of the biodiversity checklist is to decide the presence of protected habitats and species within or in close proximity to the application site. All of these protected habitats and species are afforded varying levels of protection under the following pieces of European and Statutory legislation.
- The Habitat Regulations (as amended), 1994
- The Wildlife & Countryside Act (as amended), 1981
- The NERC Act, 2006
The council has a duty to protect and conserve biodiversity in all of its functions. The biodiversity checklist will identify those important habitats and species that need to be protected and conserved from a series of questions and answers. This will quicken the planning application process by allowing the council to assess whether further information is required and is so request this information and decide the application within a specified timescale.