Through the planning system all local authorities have an opportunity to safeguard and where opportunities arise enhance biodiversity. This can be achieved by:
All public open space has the potential to support biodiversity. This can be achieved by:
Local strategic partnerships
Under the Local Government Act 2000 every local authority has a duty to produce a ‘Community Strategy’ which is designed to improve the economic, social, and environmental well-being of its residents. The strategies are expected to develop a vision for the area and an identify the actions necessary to achieve this. The strategies are to be developed through Local Strategic Partnerships formed from all sectors of the community. The Government expect that all local authorities to incorporate planning for local action on biodiversity in these Community Strategies.
There are many ways to incorporate biodiversity into the workings of the local strategic partnership. Contact your LBAP officer for more details.