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Planning toolkit: Protecting biodiversity

A picture of a dragonfly

The  green environment and the distinctive contribution it makes to the character of the city, requires the protection and where possible the enhancement of biodiversity within developments.

The protection of natural habitats and maintaining high levels of biodiversity are an essential component of sustainability, the interactions between plants, animals and their habitats helps to regulate the chemistry of our atmosphere and water supply, recycle nutrients and keep soil fertile.

A naturalistic play area

Design considerations

  • Understanding the potential of buildings to provide habitats;
  • Critically evaluating all parts of the site to provide habitats;
  • Assessing existing habitats and seeking to retain the best areas;
  • Evaluating the potential of connecting fragmented habitats within the site and on surrounding sites;
  • Protecting important geological sites;
  • Protecting important features such as valleys, woodlands, trees or watercourses;

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  • Modified: Apr 25, 2013 12:04:44 PM