PPS 2: Planning and Nature Conservation
Nature Conservation and Development Control: Protection of Species
68. The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (the Wildlife Order) sets out the protection which is afforded to wild animals and plants in Northern Ireland. The protection afforded by that Order is additional to that offered by the planning system. The presence of a species protected, or specially protected, under the Wildlife Order is material to the consideration of a development proposal, which if carried out would be likely to result in harm to the species or its habitat and, in particular, to places used for shelter or protection. Where necessary, conditions may be stipulated in a planning permission to secure the protection of the species, particularly if a species listed in Annex IV to the Habitats Directive is involved. Developers may also be advised that they must conform with any statutory species protection measures affecting the site concerned.