Developing with Nature guidance

This consultation is seeking views and comments on NatureScot's draft guidance, Development with Nature.   The consultation is open until 4th March 2022. 

This is draft guidance, developed by NatureScot in support of the Scottish Government’s work on securing positive effects for biodiversity, in particular from local development.  It has been prepared and published now to inform understanding of the intended approach set out in the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), Policy 3(e) on the Nature Crisis.  This policy refers to the inclusion of ‘appropriate measures’ to enhance biodiversity for local, non-EIA development, with the exemption of householder, farmed fish or shellfish development.  This draft guidance provides advice on such measures.

Comments on the draft NPF4 policy approach should not be included here, but submitted to the Scottish Government consultation on the draft NPF4 itself, so they can be taken into consideration (further details can be found on the Transforming Planning website).

NatureScot would welcome views on the following questions.

1. The list of measures and features identified in the guidance - are these the appropriate ones, and are there any others that should be included?


2. The level of detail provided on each of the individual measures and features – is there adequate information set out to inform understanding of the range of biodiversity measures that can be incorporated in a development?


3. The clarity and accessibility of the guidance - as a means of a) informing project design, and b) decision making on the measures to be included in individual applications?

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