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Habitat Offsetting

Requested on
Mon 10th October, 2011
Reference
FOI 1477
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. Can you provide details of any planning permissions granted by your Local Planning Authority which mandated any habitat or biodiversity offsetting schemes under Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) Regs 1994 (Commonly known as 'Habitats Regulations' under the EU Habitats Directive)?

2. Have you undertaken any other offsetting scheme under other planning legislation (such as Section 106 planning agreements)? Are you aware of any voluntary or other offsetting agreements that have taken place by developers?

3. Can you send all the relevant documentation relating to any offsetting schemes (preferably as PDFs)? This could include, but should not necessarily be limited to:
-- Environmental Impact Statements
-- Any Section 106 documentation relating to the offsetting schemes
-- Details of long-term management plans
-- Evidence of current condition of offset sites
-- Evidence of effect on transported species

4. How much did each individual offsetting scheme cost?

5. Can you provide any evidence of any monitoring and follow-up assessing the ongoing quality of the offset scheme.

6. Has your local authority instigated any enforcement action if the offsetting was unsuccessful? What was the outcome of the enforcement for each offsetting scheme?

7. Does your Local Authority employ an in-house ecologist? If not, how do you get advice on ecological matters in planning?

Definition: Offsetting -- where the environmental impacts of a development are compensated with some environmental that takes place at a different location. This is different from mitigation, where the impacts of a particular development are compensated on the same site.

Answer

1. Can you provide details of any planning permissions granted by your Local Planning Authority which mandated any habitat or biodiversity offsetting schemes under Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) Regs 1994 (Commonly known as 'Habitats Regulations' under the EU Habitats Directive)?
No planning permission has been granted which has mandated any habitat offsetting

2. Have you undertaken any other offsetting scheme under other planning legislation (such as Section 106 planning agreements)? Are you aware of any voluntary or other offsetting agreements that have taken place by developers?
No offsetting schemes have been undertaken under planning legislation.
We are not aware of any voluntary offsetting agreements from developers.

3. Can you send all the relevant documentation relating to any offsetting schemes (preferably as PDFs)? This could include, but should not necessarily be limited to:
-- Environmental Impact Statements
-- Any Section 106 documentation relating to the offsetting schemes
-- Details of long-term management plans
-- Evidence of current condition of offset sites
-- Evidence of effect on transported species
N/A

4. How much did each individual offsetting scheme cost?
 N/A

5. Can you provide any evidence of any monitoring and follow-up assessing the ongoing quality of the offset scheme.
N/A

6. Has your local authority instigated any enforcement action if the offsetting was unsuccessful? What was the outcome of the enforcement for each offsetting scheme?
N/A

7. Does your Local Authority employ an in-house ecologist? If not, how do you get advice on ecological matters in planning?
Charnwood Borough Council does employ an in-house ecologist.

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