The Biodiversity Planning Toolkit is a new online resource designed to facilitate the incorporation of biodiversity into the planning system and new development at an early stage within the UK. The Toolkit has been created and launched by the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) working in partnership with a wide range of conservation and planning organisations.
The interactive landscape sets this tool apart from other currently available resources; the site shows how biodiversity issues can be addressed in various types of development and in different planning situations. The Toolkit also provides easy access to information that provides the statutory and policy framework for the conservation of biodiversity.
The development of the Toolkit is on-going with content being added over the coming months. The site includes a wide series of animated development scenarios including: Conversion of Rural Buildings, Residential Development, Wind Farm Development, Householder Applications and Green Infrastructure.
BSG-Ecology is contributing to the preparation of material for the residential development and green infrastructure animated development scenarios and providing a small financial contribution. Baker Shepherd Gillespie (BSG) Director, Kirsty Kirkham, who has been aware of the Toolkit through working with Mike Oxford (ALGE project Officer), states “We are delighted to be involved in the development of this resource – it provides a very helpful starting point for anybody searching for expert ecological advice or guidance.”
Visit the Biodiversity Planning Toolkit: www.biodiversityplanningtoolkit.com