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Grasping the Nettle ith few local authorities having in-house ecological expertise, many are grappling to deal with issues regarding biodiversity. The following are currently hot topics which local authorities are having to deal

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Hedgerow and scrub clearance and conflicts with the bird breeding season When and how can vegetation clearance take place? What consents, if any, are required and from whom? When are breeding bird surveys required? Bats in trees and conflicts with felling and pruning When and how can trees be pruned or felled? What consents, if any, are required and from whom? When are bat surveys required? Invasive Species What responsibility does the local authority have to control, manage and eradicate invasive species within their administrative areas? Appropriate Assessment of Part VIII local authority development projects When and how is the Appropriate Assessment screening undertaken? When does An Bord Pleanala become the competent authority for these projects?

Exempted development and Appropriate Assessment How to regulate and deal with projects where the need for Appropriate Assessment de-exempts development which would otherwise be regarded as exempt of planning permission requirements. Acting as competent authority for Environmental Impact Assessment (covering biodiversity) and Appropriate Assessment of Planning Applications How can the local authority be sure that the documentation supplied by applicants for planning permission is fit for purpose and meets legislative requirements of EIA and AA? Scott Cawley ecological consultants are working closely with many local authorities to assist them in compliance with these issues, either through advice and ecological consultancy services, or by providing training to upskill local authority staff.

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