Good Practice and Technical Standards

This section provides users with good practice guidance and technical standards from around the UK as it is hoped that sharing such material is useful irrespective of its country of origin.

Good Practice Guidance

Planning for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice (2006).

Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 9 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation sets out the Government’s policies on the protection of biodiversity and geological conservation through the planning system for England. The Government Circular: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation – statutory obligations and their impact within the planning system provides administrative guidance on the application of the law in England relating to planning and nature conservation. 

The purpose of the guide to good practice is to complement those two publications. It provides good practice guidance, via case studies and examples, on the ways in which regional planning bodies and local planning authorities can help deliver the national policies in PPS9 and comply with legal requirements set out in the Circular. It does not make additional national policy or provide legal interpretation.

The key principles in PPS9 require that planning policies and decisions not only avoid, mitigate or compensate for harm but seek ways to enhance and restore biodiversity and geology. The guide to good practice suggests ways in which these principles might be achieved.

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Technical Standards

PAS 2010 Planning to halt the loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity Conservation Standards for the planing system in the United Kingdom. British Standards Institution (2006)

PAS 2010 shows where and how  competent authorities can have regard to or seek to further the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their planning functions - as required under statutory obligations.

The PAS provides a consistent framework by which competent authorities can take effective action to ensure, through their forward planning and development control and management decisions, that they are able to help halt the loss of biodiversity and thus contribute to sustainable development.

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British Standard BS 5837 - Trees and Development

The British Standard (BS) provides guidance on how to decide which trees should be retained and how best to protect them when a site is being developed. It also gives guidance on how to incorporate trees into the new landscape.

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BRE's Environmental Assessment Methods (BREEAM)

BREEAM assessment methods cover a range of building types including offices, industrial buildings, schools and multi-residential developments. For new housing, the assessment process is known as the Code for Sustainable Homes (formerly EcoHomes). The Government has confirmed that it is mandatory for all new homes to be assessed using the Code. The advantages of BREEAM are as follows:

  • Reward sites that build on land of ecological value.
  • Rewards protection of existing ecological features.
  • Awarding credits for ecological enhancement has raised the profile of ecology in the built environment and is partially responsible for the increased prevalence of green roofs on new buildings.
  • The credits are relatively simple to calculate.
  • Requires an ecologist to recommend enhancement measures that contribute to Biodiversity Action Plan targets and to promote best practice amongst contractors and asset managers.
  • Requires a maintenance regime to be implemented.

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CIRIA Working With Wildlife


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