Local planning authorities are required to publish a list of their information requirements for applications which should be proportionate to the nature and scale of development proposals and reviewed every two years.
The Local Requirements List was approved and comes into effect on Monday 12 October following a consultation period which ran 19 August – 30 September 2020.
End of Consultation for revised Local Requirements List 19 August – 30 September 2020
The September 2020 consultation on the local list was intended to capture additional information requirements that are needed to implement the Council’s Position Statement and Mitigation Plan for Nutrient Neutral Development, which was approved on 18 August 2020. This includes requirements related to compliance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 as amended. The inclusion of a Nutrient Budget Calculator will provide the Local Planning Authority with information that is required in order to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment.
Nutrient Neutral Development
Following the publication of the Council’s Position Statement and Mitigation Plan for Nutrient Neutral Development (18 August 2020), any development resulting in an increase in overnight accommodation will be required to provide a package of avoidance and mitigation measures. In order to determine the scale of the package of avoidance and mitigation measures required, the following information will be required:
- An updated European Sites Avoidance and Mitigation Checklist
- A nutrient budget, worked out using the Natural England calculator
Further information can be found in the Council’s Position Statement and Mitigation Plan, Natural England’s guidance on calculating a nutrient budget and a developer’s video guide can be found on the Nutrient Neutrality webpage.