EPS processes in planning

Richard Everett made this Freedom of Information request to Peterborough City Council

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Dear Peterborough City Council,

I wish to request the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 'The Act'. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant information. You should also be aware that it is a requirement of the act to respond within 20 working days. You maybe aware that S16 of the act provides a duty on yourselves to assist requesters.

What is the process employed by the council for dealing with applications regarding European Protected Species (EPS).

The information should be summarised at each stage of the planning process from validation through to determination. Please detail where these are different processes/procedures of the council for determinations at Outline, Reserved Matters, and Full applications. Please indicate trigger points for processes where this is relevant.

If a checklist approach is employed by the council to ensure procedure is followed correctly please provide a copy(ies) of this (these) document(s).

If the process is different for applications determined by committee please identify these (including but not limited to standard wordings in reports, notices to councillors etc).

If training of officers, and or councillors, is undertaken on these specific matters (regarding EPS, Habitats regulations assessments, duties under habitats directive etc) please indicate when this last took place and give an outline of what training objectives were undertaken.

If the council has a specific policy document for treatment of applications regarding ecological matters (that would include assessing under the habitats directives/regulations) please supply a link to this document, or where this not published please supply the document.

If the council exhibits, in its opinion, an example of good practice in this area please feel free to include this.

While it is not a requirement in FOI requests to state what this information is sought for I am happy to disclose this. It is my intention to compare LPAs processes so as to identify good practice in relation to treatment of EPS in the planning process.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Everett

FOI Team, Peterborough City Council

Dear Richard Everett 
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"FOI Team" <foi@peterborough.gov.uk>, Peterborough City Council

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST  CRN1601076943     

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Your request for information, with reference number CRN1601076943 has now been considered and the information requested is given below.

Information Request:     

 

 What is the process employed by the council for dealing with
     applications regarding European Protected Species (EPS).
    
     The information should be summarised at each stage of the planning
     process from validation through to determination. Please detail
     where these are different processes/procedures of the council for
     determinations at Outline, Reserved Matters, and Full applications.
     Please indicate trigger points for processes where this is
     relevant.
    
     If a checklist approach is employed by the council to ensure
     procedure is followed correctly please provide a copy(ies) of this
     (these) document(s).
    
     If the process is different for applications determined by
     committee please identify these (including but not limited to
     standard wordings in reports, notices to councillors etc).
    
     If training of officers, and or councillors, is undertaken on these
     specific matters (regarding EPS, Habitats regulations assessments,
     duties under habitats directive etc) please indicate when this last
     took place and give an outline of what training objectives were
     undertaken.
    
     If the council has a specific policy document for treatment of
     applications regarding ecological matters (that would include
     assessing under the habitats directives/regulations) please supply
     a link to this document, or where this not published please supply
     the document.
    
     If the council exhibits, in its opinion, an example of good
     practice in this area please feel free to include this.
 

        

Our Response:  

What is the process employed by the council for dealing with applications regarding European Protected Species (EPS).
    
The information should be summarised at each stage of the planning process from validation through to determination. Please detail where these are
different processes/procedures of the council for determinations at Outline, Reserved Matters, and Full applications. Please indicate trigger
points for processes where this is relevant.

All outline and full applications are required to be submitted with a completed Biodiversity Checklist. This document is designed to assist the
Council in ascertaining whether any protected (including all EPS) species (and habitats) are likely to be affected by the proposal. Should any
negative impacts be identified, the applicant may be required to submit relevant ecological surveys to ensure that impacts to species/ habitats are
avoided, mitigated or compensated (following the mitigation hierarchy). Once all relevant information has been submitted, the application will then
be validated, at which point the Council s Wildlife Officer will then provide comments/ advice to the planning case officer. The Council will seek
to ensure that any proposal would result in no net loss to biodiversity, and wherever possible a net gain in biodiversity will be encouraged.
Specific advice is available from the Wildlife Officer and additional information is available on the Council s website in the form of Developer
Guidance Notes. 
    
If a checklist approach is employed by the council to ensure procedure is followed correctly please provide a copy(ies) of this (these)
document(s).

Please see attached Biodiversity Checklists (for minor and major applications) and associated guidance notes.
    
If the process is different for applications determined by committee please identify these (including but not limited to standard wordings in
reports, notices to councillors etc).

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 If training of officers, and or councillors, is undertaken on these specific matters (regarding EPS, Habitats regulations assessments, duties
under habitats directive etc) please indicate when this last took place and give an outline of what training objectives were undertaken.

 
The Council s Wildlife Officer has received formal training with regard to Habitat Regulations Assessments and EPS at various times within the last
five years. Informal training sessions and more general advice is provided on an ad hoc basis by the Wildlife Officer to planning officers as
required.  
    
If the council has a specific policy document for treatment of applications regarding ecological matters (that would include assessing under the
habitats directives/regulations) please supply a link to this document, or where this not published please supply the document.

The Council s Core Strategy (CS21 Biodiversity & Geological Conservation) sets out the overall approach towards biodiversity: 
[1]https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/upload/w...
    
If the council exhibits, in its opinion, an example of good practice in this area please feel free to include this.

The Council has produced a Biodiversity Strategy which includes specific reference to the planning system, to ensure that biodiversity is
protected and enhanced within the planning system within Peterborough and deliver the key principles for biodiversity set out in national planning
guidance .
 
 

 

 

       

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