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Planning, biodiversity and nature conservation

How our planning guidance and policies help with biodiversity and nature conservation.

Wildlife and the law

There is various national and international legislation that afford protection to certain species and habitats in Wales, including the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2019.

Biodiversity and Development

This document provides guidance to augment Policies ER6, ER8 and ER9 of the LDP, and provide clarity on the interpretation of those policies, in order to ensure development within Swansea maintains and enhances the County's biodiversity and delivers long term ecosystem resilience. This aligns with the Council's duties under s6 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Resilient Wales Goal of the Well Being of Future Generations Act 2015, and is consistent with National Development Plan (Future Wales) Policy.

Trees, Hedgerows and Woodlands SPG

This document provides guidance on how the relevant policies of the LDP should be applied to planning applications with respect to all existing, retained and newly planted trees, hedgerows and woodland on development sites.

Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) 2023 - 2038

Work is underway on a Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) for Swansea. The new Plan will replace the existing LDP and will provide the new blueprint for future development across Swansea up to 2038.

Planning enforcement

Planning enforcement investigates possible breaches of planning control and aims to resolve these using the most appropriate means or action.