Enhanced Biodiversity Duty for Public Bodies

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

The government has issued guidance about the enhanced biodiversity duty for public authorities (introduced by the Environment Act 2021), Complying with the biodiversity duty, which states that Local Authorities must "complete your first consideration of what action to take for biodiversity by 1 January 2024. You must agree your policies and objectives as soon as possible after this".

Given the short timescale for this first requirement, please can you confirm the following:

- Who will be the officer leading this work in your Authority?
- How has the Authority been preparing for this requirement?
- What information will be used to determine the baseline?
- What is the programme of work to meet the government's requirements expected to include?
- How will communities be engaged in the programme of work?
- How will communities be kept informed about progress?

Yours faithfully,

Susan Sollazzi

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Reference: EIR 101007062239

Dear Applicant,

Please consider this as our formal response to your information request which
was logged under the above reference number and treated as a request made under
the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004.

The government has issued guidance about the enhanced biodiversity duty for
public authorities (introduced by the Environment Act 2021), Complying with the
biodiversity duty, which states that Local Authorities must "complete your first
consideration of what action to take for biodiversity by 1 January 2024. You
must agree your policies and objectives as soon as possible after this".

Given the short timescale for this first requirement, please can you confirm the
following:

Who will be the officer leading this work in your Authority? 

The Council is appointing new Ecologist specifically for BNG and they will lead
the council in this process.

How has the Authority been preparing for this requirement? 

Yes the council has been working with GM colleagues and identifying the
requirements and needs for the upcoming legislation and what the Council needs
to have in place.

What information will be used to determine the baseline? 

Latest BNG legislation and guidance will lead the council in Baselining all of
its sites to enable a library of sites available for BNG enhancements throughout
the borough.

What is the programme of work to meet the government's requirements expected to
include?

New policy, strategies and procedures will be put in place by the lead officer
and work on public accessible websites for viewing all options.

How will communities be engaged in the programme of work? 

The lead officer will develop opportunities for community engagement. In
addition communities will be able to view the information on the live website
once available.

How will communities be kept informed about progress? 

Through the council websites and planning applications.

 

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am disappointed that you have failed in your statutory duty to respond to my FoI request relating to the Enhanced Biodiversity Duty for Public Bodies. By law you should have responded by 26 June 2023. When will you provide the requested information?

Yours faithfully,

Susan Sollazzi

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Applicant,

I have reviewed your query and can inform you that an answer to your EIR was provided by the Information Governance team on the 1st June 2023.

This can be seen on the What do they know website. I have included the response below for your information:

Kind regards
Freedom of Information Officer

Environmental Information Request
Reference: EIR 101007062239

Dear Applicant,

Please consider this as our formal response to your information request which
was logged under the above reference number and treated as a request made under
the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004.

The government has issued guidance about the enhanced biodiversity duty for
public authorities (introduced by the Environment Act 2021), Complying with the
biodiversity duty, which states that Local Authorities must "complete your
first
consideration of what action to take for biodiversity by 1 January 2024. You
must agree your policies and objectives as soon as possible after this".

Given the short timescale for this first requirement, please can you confirm
the
following:

Who will be the officer leading this work in your Authority?

The Council is appointing new Ecologist specifically for BNG and they will lead
the council in this process.

How has the Authority been preparing for this requirement?

Yes the council has been working with GM colleagues and identifying the
requirements and needs for the upcoming legislation and what the Council needs
to have in place.

What information will be used to determine the baseline?

Latest BNG legislation and guidance will lead the council in Baselining all of
its sites to enable a library of sites available for BNG enhancements
throughout
the borough.

What is the programme of work to meet the government's requirements expected to
include?

New policy, strategies and procedures will be put in place by the lead officer
and work on public accessible websites for viewing all options.

How will communities be engaged in the programme of work?

The lead officer will develop opportunities for community engagement. In
addition communities will be able to view the information on the live website
once available.

How will communities be kept informed about progress?

Through the council websites and planning applications.

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internal review, please contact us by emailing [2][Stockport Council request
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0161 474 4299, quoting your reference number.

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outcome, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via the
following contact points:

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Kind regards,
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Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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