The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2012) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England providing guidance for planners and developers. It also provides guidance on development and the natural environment helping to protect priority habitats, species and protected sites for example from development.
Section 109 of the NPPF outlines how the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment in a number of ways, including:
“minimising impacts on biodiversity and providing net gains in biodiversity where possible, contributing to the Government’s commitment to halt the overall decline in biodiversity, including by establishing coherent ecological networks that are more resilient to current and future pressures”.
Read the current (2012) NPPF document here.