Under the Biodiversity Duty (Section 40, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006), the Council has a legal duty to have regard to conserving biodiversity in all aspects of policy or decision making. The adopted Ipswich Local Plan sets out policies to protect and enhance biodiversity (policies CS4, DM31) and allocates sites for development.
Some of the sites that are earmarked for development provide habitat for reptiles, which are also protected species. Where harm to reptiles cannot be avoided during the development of a site, translocation of these reptiles to an appropriate and safe receptor site is necessary. Currently this is done on an ad hoc basis.
The draft Reptile Strategy SPD will provide a planned approach to translocation by identifying potential receptor sites in advance and developing a clear delivery strategy including ongoing monitoring and site management. This is essential to support needed housing delivery in the Borough and to protect existing reptile populations.
In 2015, and then again in 2017, the Council undertook a ‘call for ideas’ public consultation on the scope and context of the Reptile Strategy SPD. These consultations ran from 2nd July to 17th August 2015 and 14th June to 26th July 2017. The comments are reproduced in the Consultation Statement together with the officer’s response indicating how the points raised have been addressed through the draft SPD.
We are currently seeking feedback on the draft Reptile Strategy SPD. This consultation will run for 8 weeks from 9 am on 31st July 2020 to 11:45pm on 25th September 2020. Any comments received will be analysed and considered before the Council adopts the draft SPD.
The draft SPD and documents that support it are available to view below:
Inspection of documents
You can also inspect these documents at the Ipswich County Library and Grafton House Reception by appointment only. See Notice of Consultation for further details.
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