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Section 3 Annex - Application of the Habitats Directive to the Process of Prior Approval

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This annex to the Development Management Manual provides additional technical guidance on applying the Habitats Directive to the Process of Prior Approval.

Some classes of permitted development within the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) may require prior approval from the LPA before development can commence. When considering a prior approval application, the LPA can only consider specific issues as set out in the GPDO.

LPAs should also consider whether an application for prior approval of a development is likely to have significant effects on a European Protected Species This Annex provides additional guidance including a flow diagram showing how consideration of the Habitats Directive should be applied to each step.