NatureScot has published Developing with Nature Guidance that will encourage developers and planners to deliver more for biodiversity as an everyday part of their development.

This Guidance is for anyone making or considering a planning application under Scotland’s Planning Acts for certain local developments. These are those not subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Most local development applications will not engage ecological expertise, or be guided by a masterplan or design framework setting out specific biodiversity requirements. The information in this Guidance is intended to provide an understanding of what common measures to enhance biodiversity are feasible to non-specialists.

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