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Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document

About the Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document

As a county, Cambridgeshire has well below average tree cover and relatively little land managed for nature. We want to ensure that planning applications of all scales properly consider biodiversity, and how to enhance it, from the start.

Our draft Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document aims to provide accessible, accurate and up-to-date guidance on the planning regulations surrounding biodiversity. This sets out how we expect developments to meet the policy requirements for increasing biodiversity, including policies within the 2018 South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and 2018 Cambridge City Local Plan, as well as relevant national legislation. Our aim is to ensure that a minimum of 10% biodiversity net gain is achieved on all projects, and that this will benefit the specific ecology and wildlife of Greater Cambridge.

If adopted, the Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document will become a material planning consideration in determining planning applications in both Council areas.

About this consultation

We are consulting on the draft Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document from 9am, 23 July 2021 to 5pm, 17 September 2021.

The following documents are published for this consultation:

Please give us your feedback using our online consultation survey.

We will take all comments into account and will update the documents prior to submitting it for formal adoption to elected members at both Councils. We will report on how comments have been taken into account in the Consultation Statement which will be updated and published alongside the final SPD. It is always the substance of comments that is considered, and not who submitted it, but comments need to be relevant to the SPD, so please be specific and stay on topic.

Alongside this consultation, Cambridge City Council are also consulting on its draft Biodiversity Strategy, which sets out how the City plan to manage their own land and services to increase biodiversity. You may also wish to comment on that consultation – please visit the Cambridge City Council consultations webpage.

Find out more

If you are having difficulty commenting, or need this information in a different format, please email us at, call us on 01954 713178, or write to us at  Natural Environment Team, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA. 

Visit the Cambridge City biodiversity webpage or South Cambridgeshire biodiversity webpage. You may also wish to read about South Cambridgeshire’s Doubling Nature strategy.

For more information about trees, visit the Cambridge City trees webpage, or the South Cambridgeshire trees webpage.

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