Through producing tools and resources like the Wildlife Assessment Check the partnership aims to streamline the inclusion of biodiversity in the planning process by considering potential ecological impacts earlier into the process, before a planning application is submitted. This will benefit various actors:
- Householders and small developers: helping raise awareness about the need to assess potential wildlife impacts from development projects early in the planning process, reducing the risk of unplanned for delays.
- Local planning authorities: improving the applications being submitted to local authorities and supporting authorities in achieving their planning obligations and statutory duties relating to protected and priority habitats and species.
- Ecological consultants: pointing householders and developers towards expert ecological advice and helping to establish a more consistent approach to ecological appraisal in development projects.