This Issue is not applicable to the assessment where it can be demonstrated that;
- There are no new or existing landscaping areas and therefore no need for ecological protection (ie when the ‘Protection of ecological features’ Issue is N/A)
- There is no opportunity to make ecological enhancements (ie when the ‘Enhancing site ecology’ Issue is N/A). An example of such a case could be a retail building with a glazed shop frontage, where there are no other external elements or spaces for enhancement.
Evidence that there are no suitable external facades, roofs or other external areas within the developer’s control must be provided by the design team.
When both of the above conditions are in place and the two relevant scoping questions are completed in the scoring and reporting tool, this Issue will be filtered out of the assessment.