Biodiversity and ecology issues are dealt with by the Landscape Team, which is a multi-disciplinary group within Planning and Sustainable Development comprising of landscape architects, nature conservation and tree officers.
We provide planning advice in order to ensure the protection, conservation and enhancement of the district's wildlife resources.
We provide advice on:
- on the impact of development proposals on biodiversity and ecology
- safeguarding and enhancing wildlife through appropriate mitigation
- the designation of non-statutory local wildlife sites
- biodiversity, ecology and nature conservation for public enquiries
- the preparation of the Local Development Framework and other council plans and strategies
- nature conservation to other council departments
- biodiversity enhancements through supporting local partnerships and initiatives
It is important to ensure that wildlife records across Leeds are accurate and up-to-date, and in order to achieve this the Landscape Team works closely with West Yorkshire Ecology (the local ecological records centre for West Yorkshire).
Leeds Habitat Network
An updated version of the Leeds Habitat Network has been recently produced in partnership with West Yorkshire Ecology. You can view the maps at the end of the document titled “Nature Conservation Background Paper 2015” in the documents section on this page.