A little bird has told me that DEFRA ministers have told NE staff to no longer prioritise in planning casework impact on international (Natura 2000) European protected sites. Apparently good old ‘British’ sites are to be considered equally.
This means that in one home counties authority for a local plan AA instead of assessing impact on one SPA they are assessing impact on 200 SSSIs, which is impossible, so aprt from delay the onus is being thrown back on LPAs.
This stupid unthinking nationalism, not understanding that rare species don’t need permission from Priti Patel to cross a border, will bring major cases, dcos and plan making t a shuddering hair.
The edibe dormouse (glis glis) you not important as your also rare in Slovakia.