This SPD was adopted by the Council to provide guidance to support previously adopted Development Plan Documents that have now been superseded by the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018. This document is still a material consideration when making planning decisions, with the weight in decision making to be determined having regard to consistency with national planning guidance and the adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are intended to expand upon policy or provide further detail to policies in adopted Development Plan Documents (DPDs). When adopted, SPDs form part of the Local Development Framework but do not have development plan status and are not subject to independent examination.
The Biodiversity SPD expands on district-wide policies included in the Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) and policies in individual Area Action Plans (AAPs). These policies seek to ensure that biodiversity is adequately protected and enhanced throughout the development process.
The Biodiversity SPD also builds on national policy: Planning Policy Statement 1 - Delivering Sustainable Development and Planning Policy Statement 9 - Biodiversity and Geological Conservation, which promote sustainable, well-designed development while seeking to ensure that biodiversity and appropriate landscaping are fully integrated into new developments.
The Council adopted the Biodiversity SPD on 2 July 2009.
The adopted SPD takes account of any representations received during the six-week period of public consultation undertaken in February - March 2009. To see a summary of each representation received and the Council's response to each representation, visit: Cabinet Meeting - 2 July 2009.
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