Planning and Biodiversity Seminar

Since 2005, the Norfolk and Suffolk Biodiversity Partnerships have held a joint seminar on planning and biodiversity, with the assistance of the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE). Although the seminars were originally conceived as a way of helping local authorities to address biodiversity within their new Local Development Frameworks, they have gradually widened in scope to look at planning and biodiversity issues more broadly. The seminars seek to:

  • Provide an overview of the latest national developments and best practice related to spatial planning, development control and biodiversity.
  • Foster an exchange of experience among local authorities in Norfolk and Suffolk about ways of integrating biodiversity into development control and forward planning.

The seminars typically attract in excess of 50 participants, the majority of whom tend to be planners and development control officers. Recent topics have included:

  • Delivery of Green Infrastructure;
  • Applying the biodiversity validation checklist;
  • The ALGE biodiversity planning toolkit;
  • The protection of open mosaic habitats on previously developed land;
  • Monitoring mitigation and compensation requirements;
  • Implementation of the Biodiversity Duty in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act.

Download copies of the presentations given at the seminars below:


pdf Update on key national issues related to biodiversity in development control and forward planning(Mike Oxford, Association of Local Government Ecologists)

pdf Implications of the Localism Bill(Marie Smith, Forest Heath District Council)

pdf Biodiversity Offsetting (Claire Lewis, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

pdf Natural England and Planning – New Ways of Working (Alison Collins, Natural England)

pdf The New District Ecologist Post at Norfolk County Council (David White, Norfolk County Council)

pdf The Role of Local Record Centres in Landscape-scale Projects and Planning (Martin Horlock, Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service)


pdf Update on Key National Issues and the Biodiversity Planning Toolkit(Mike Oxford, Association of Local Government Ecologists) (2,201KB)

pdf Breckland District Council's Habitat Regulations Assessment: An Example of Evidence based Policy Formulation and LDF Preparation (Gilbert Addison, Capita/Breckland Council) (2,898KB)

pdf A Planner's View of Access to Biodiversity Data and Ecological Services during the Validation of Applications (Marie Smith, Forest Heath District Council) (843KB)

pdf Monitoring Mitigation and Compensation Requirements: Are they actually implemented and do they work? (Mark Johnston, Ecology & Biodiversity Services Manager, Mott MacDonald) (1,607KB)

pdf Protection of Open Mosaic Habitats on Previously Developed Land: A Case Study from West Thurrock (Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive, Buglife and Sarah Henshall, Brownfields Officer) (2,000KB)

pdf Implementation of the NERC Biodiversity Duty: Some Examples from Suffolk (Gen Broad, Suffolk Biodiversity Partnership) (2,510KB)


The proceedings of the 2008 seminar, please click here.