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Why do we have to do this?

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (known as the 'Habitats Regulations') set out how Local Planning Authorities must deal with planning applications that have potential to impact on European wildlife sites. By law, we must not grant consent for a development which would, either alone or in-combination with other developments, have a likely significant effect on a Designated Habitat sites, unless full mitigation is provided.