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Ecological Surveys Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990


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Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) is in the process of reviewing a county-wide series of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) which were designated in the Council Approved Unitary Development Plan (UDP) in 2005 (Policy EV19). In accordance with current planning guidance, sites with nature conservation interest have been identified in order that they are properly provided for in development and land use. These SINCs are now being reviewed for the preparation of the emerging Bridgend County Borough Local Development Plan. The sites are being re-surveyed and assessed against the ‘Wildlife Sites Guidance Wales – A Guide to Develop Local Wildlife Systems in Wales (Wales Biodiversity Partnership, 2008), which provides a standard framework for local authorities across the region to select and designate wildlife sites.

SINCs are a vital part of the planning system in order that sites of substantive nature conservation interest are protected and/or enhanced outside the limited network of statutorily protected sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The Capita Symonds consultancy have been commissioned by BCBC to carry out the project to assess the SINCs within the County Borough. These consultants are authorised by BCBC in exercise of its powers under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (section 324), to enter private land and carry out vegetation and species surveys.

The project will be carried out between August and November 2011. If you would like to discuss these matters further, please contact the County Ecologist on the Countryside Management Officer on 01656b 643196 0r 643160. Alternatively you can email


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