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: For Determination
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/11/2017
Decision due: 1 Oct 2019 by Executive
No change since last plan
Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Planning & Museums
Contact: Sarah Barker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01473 432000.
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.
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