Land Market’s Guide To Development: Wildlife and Trees

By Landmarket Team on the

When it come to developing land, environmental and ecological factors have a huge bearing on whether a proposal will be granted. When seeking to obtain planning permission your site will be subject to numerous assessments to analyse these factors and ultimately determine its eligibility. When granting permission for development the local authorities have a duty to protect important habitats, wildlife and trees.

Ecology Reports

An ecology report will consider whether any wildlife or important habitats could be harmed in the building process, or if there are any legally protected species living on your site. When there is a likelihood that a planned development could have an impact on protected wildlife planning authorities must ensure that a thorough assessment has been carried out on site and all appropriate action taken. Protected species that could cause affect planning application include bats, badgers, slow worms, newts, as well as other reptiles and amphibians. As wildlife activity varies greatly depending on the season, it is of vital importance that this type of survey is carried out at the right time of year. Plans can be greatly delayed if, for example, a summertime bat survey is missed. Therefore, it is advisable to seek advice on this matters as early as possible in the planning stages.

Having a protected species on your land does not necessarily mean that planning permission with be turned down as in some circumstances it is possible to re-home animals to a new location.  Of course all action should be carried out under expert guidance.

Beyond wildlife which actually live on the land itself, an ecology report will also consider if the site is located on a wildlife corridor or a protected nature conservation area. All areas of this survey would be carried-out by a qualified ecologist, who will be able to advise on any biodiversity enhancements that may be appropriate. Details of these will be submitted with planning applications. Local councils may attach planning conditions to ensure that biodiversity enhancements are implemented.


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Tree Surveys

A tree survey is needed on sites where trees are currently positioned, or if there are trees present on adjacent land to your plot that could be affected or damaged by the building process. Regardless of the age, size and type all trees located on the site will be a material consideration in a planning application and will be assessed according to your Local Planning Authority. British Standard recommendation focuses on maintaining a harmonious relationship between trees and structures that can be sustained in the long term and that steps that should be taken to ensure that trees are appropriately and successfully retained when a development takes place. A tree survey carried out by a professional arboricultural will give a wealth of information on the trees in question, including age, species age and life expectancy, they will also advise on how best to proceed in accordance goverment regulations. This will help determine how the surveyed trees will affect obtaining planning permission.


Our initial expert assessment of your site will look to determine which surveys and reports are needed and when we apply for planning permission on your behalf Land Market will arrange for all the necessary surveys and assessments to be carried out on your land. We will also be able to advise on a realistic time scale for how long carrying out reports surrounding environmental and ecological factors will take.

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