Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Check your building area for evidence of Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam. If you spread these plants, you could be committing an offence.
Before removing any trees, check with your local council planning department if any or them is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
Removing, pruning, cutting down, lopping, topping or ring barking a tree covered by a TPO will require planning consent. Failure to obtain consent for these activities is a criminal offence.
If your site is in a conservation area the trees will automatically be protected.
Protected species such as bats, badgers, newts and nesting birds are common on development sites. Identifying whether you have protected species on your site, deciding what to do and obtaining the correct consents for moving them is a complex process.
For works that may affect footpaths, cycleways or bridleways, either temporarily or permanently, you will need consent from the local council.
BS 42020: Biodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development
This new British Standard 42020 aims to integrate biodiversity into all stages of the planning and development process.
It is of relevance to professionals working in the fields of ecology, land use planning, land management, architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, forestry, arboriculture, surveying, building and construction.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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