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Planning Policy and Biodiversity Offsets Phase III Research (Offsets assessment dry run) - WC1020

Description
This is Stage III of a three stage project. Stage I, conducted in-house by Defra, consisted of a literature review of the available grey/published evidence on the effectiveness of current PPS9 policies. Stage II (begun Jan 2011 and concluding in early 2012), will build on the Stage I Literature Review and is comprised of an in depth review involving an assessment of a representative sample of Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to examine the effectiveness of current planning policy through development control as set out in PPS9 for protecting biodiversity, and to identify any barriers to its application. The main focus of the Stage II work is on the day to day development control aspect of planning and the degree to which approaches to avoidance, mitigation and compensation decisions are applied to protect biodiversity.
Stage III, the subject of this specification, will be a short (4 month) desk study which will look at a cross-section of historic real life planning cases identified during Stage II, to assess the likely requirements for biodiversity offsets if they had been decided using the biodiversity offsetting metric that has been developed. It is envisaged this assessment will include estimates of direct costs that developers might incur in providing biodiversity offsets. The work will draw on the detailed representative sample of planning cases identified in the Stage II research. This will be a maximum of 50 individual planning cases from a maximum of 20 LPAs. The findings of the study will be presented in a short report.
Objective
The overall aim of this 4 month project is to undertake a short desk study which will look at a cross-section of historic real life planning cases identified during Stage II, to assess the likely requirements for biodiversity offsets if they had been decided using the biodiversity offsetting metric that has been developed. Additionally, the study will attempt compare the biodiversity offsetting requirement for these cases and compare them with the real life and anticipated outcomes if PPS9 was correctly applied from Stage II of the study and estimate any direct additional costs to developers from any additional requirement to provide biodiversity offsets.
The research will primarily need to:-
- Re-examine a representative sample of historic real life planning cases from a cross-section of English LPAs assessed under Stage II, to ascertain the degree to which the outcomes for biodiversity are consistent with the present national planning policy for biodiversity and determine what the biodiversity offsetting requirement would have been if the biodiversity offsetting metric that has been developed had been used.
- Compare these outcomes with the real life and anticipated outcomes if PPS9 was correctly applied from Stage II of the study and estimate any direct additional costs to developers from any additional requirement to provide biodiversity offsets using a standard and recognised methodology for assessing such costs.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Phase III Final Report 14 May 2012   (1202k)
• OTH - Other : Phase III Appendix 1 case study forms   (1326k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £39,800
Contractor / Funded Organisations
David Tyldesley Associates
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