Through partnerships with other species' conservation organisations BCT is working to extend the reach of our conservation actions and achieve wider gains for biodiversity.

BCT is leading the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning to improve the consideration of biodiversity in the planning process. The project is being delivered in collaboration with partners that include conservation organisations representing all protected and priority species in the UK as well as key planning and development stakeholders.

Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning

The Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning is a partnership of 19 organisations which aims to simplify and improve the consideration of biodiversity in the planning process.

One of the key outputs of this partnership project is a free web-based planning tool, the Wildlife Assessment Check that enables users to quickly and easily assess whether a development proposal is likely to affect protected and priority species, as well as statutory designated sites. The planning tool presents the user with a series of questions about the development proposal and indicates whether professional ecological input is needed and the type of species surveys that may be relevant.

Designed for use by non-ecologists, the Wildlife Assessment Check tool can be used before an application is submitted to provide applicants and/or their agents with a clear indication of the biodiversity issues likely to be encountered by a proposed development. By addressing ecological issues early on, the tool helps ensure planning applications are submitted with the appropriate ecological evidence, reducing risk of incurring negative ecological impacts, as well as unplanned for delays and additional costs for a project.

The organisations involved in the partnership represent either protected and priority species or expert stakeholders in the planning process. This unique collaboration of conservation, planning and developer expertise has produced a tool to benefit all participants in the planning process and provide positive outcomes for biodiversity.

Established in December 2014 and led by the Bat Conservation Trust, the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning is a UK-wide project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. You can visit the project website at www.biodiversityinplanning.org

For more information about the Partnership or to get involved please contact the Project Officer Rosalie Callway:
Email: rcallway@bats.org.uk
Tel: 020 7820 7190

Working in Partnership for Biodiversity