Biodiversity: Do you know who’s living in your garden?

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There are so many things to consider when embarking upon a development project, or even an extension or alteration of your home or garden space, you might be forgiven for not immediately considering the impact that your plans might have on the flora and fauna dependent on your land. However, biodiversity is a hot topic and certainly one that the Department of the Environment takes very seriously indeed.

The Jersey Planning Law regulates “development” in Jersey in order to protect the character and beauty of the Island. Development includes most building and alterations to your home and garden. Latest planning policy reflects  the fact that part of that beauty is the plethora of wildlife with which we share our environment and the abundance of trees, plants and boundary features that add to the character of the Island. Jersey has a plan-led planning system, which means that the Minister for Planning and Environment must take into account at all times the policies of the Island Plan together with all material planning considerations in order to decide whether or not to grant planning permission (and what conditions, if any, to attach to a permission). The latest Island Plan was adopted in June 2011 for the next 10 years, superseding the Island Plan 2002. Amongst the new policies of the 2011 Island Plan are rigorous policies relating to the natural environment, and more specifically, to species protection, wildlife corridors and trees, woodland and boundary features…

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