Issue details

Draft Reptile Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

A Reptile Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared to support the implementation of the Ipswich Local Plan and the delivery of sites for development.

To deliver development in the Borough in accordance with the Biodiversity Duty, the Council needs to ensure that the ‘mitigation hierarchy’ is followed – avoiding and reducing biodiversity losses, mitigating unavoidable impacts and compensating for any remaining biodiversity losses if there are still impacts after avoidance and mitigation.

Therefore, the aim of the Draft Reptile Strategy SPD is to provide guidance on how to work within the ‘mitigation hierarchy’ in relation to reptiles on development sites. It will set out an approach to moving (or ‘translocating’) populations of reptiles to new sites, as a form of mitigation for development impacts. It is not proposed that the strategy should address other species – it is a response to the particular issues and needs associated with reptiles on development sites.

Approval of the draft Reptile Strategy SPD is sought for public consultation.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/11/2017

Decision due: 14 Jul 2020 by Executive

No change since last plan

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Planning & Museums

Contact: Sarah Barker Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

A ‘call for ideas’ consultation on the Draft Reptile Strategy SPD was held during July and August 2015 and repeated in June-July 2017. The comments received have been considered as part of the production of the SPD.


The draft SPD will be subject to a full consultation in accordance with the relevant regulations and the Statement of Community Involvement 2018.


Portfolio Holder for Planning & Museums

Chief Operating Officer

Head of Development

Legal Services

Financial Services


Agenda items

Background papers

  • Adopted Ipswich Local Plan, February 2017;  
  • Ipswich Local Development Scheme, February 2019;  
  • Statement of Community Involvement for Ipswich Review, March 2018;  
  • Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012;  
  • National Planning Policy Framework, February 2019;  
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006