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When deciding on a planning application, what weight is being placed by the local planning authority on this mitigation issue?

The impact of development on a Special Protection Area is not part of the planning judgement whereby material considerations are weighed up by the planning authority in reaching a decision on a planning application. So it is not a matter of what weight will be placed on the mitigation issue. Rather it is a 'yes/no' question of whether the proposed development is legally compliant with the Habitats Regulations. Making the developer contribution means the proposal satisfies this question.