Whether you’re a feeder of birds or a destroyer of slugs, there are laws protecting the natural world. So, make sure you understand in advance whether there are any issues and ensure that you comply with local or national planning guidelines – before you apply for planning permission.
Also known as PEA surveys – Preliminary Ecological Appraisals. These are required for any site that includes or is adjacent to semi-natural habitats. You may need one if you are planning to construct on an area of a large suburban or rural garden. Also if you are adjacent to hedgerows or heartland or if there is a pond nearby. Do this as early as possible in the planning process, ideally before submitting any planning applications.
The survey will check for species of plant, animal or features of ecological interest. For example, some trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Even if your project does not need planning permission, you must not remove or even prune a tree with a TPO.