Policy CS24 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation
The Borough's biodiversity and geological resource will be protected and enhanced. Priority will be given to:
a) Protection of the integrity of the European sites in and near the Borough.
b) Conserving and enhancing protected biodiversity and geodiversity sites and features in line with PPS9;
c) Improving the integrity and biodiversity value of wildlife corridors particularly along the coast, around the Teesmouth estuary and linking with the North York Moors;
d) Meeting the objectives and targets in the UK and Tees Valley Biodiversity Action Plan;
e) Encouraging management of landscape belts for nature conservation;
f) Protecting ancient woodland and veteran trees;
g) Strengthening populations of protected and target species; and
h) Improving site management and increasing public access to wildlife sites. Development will be encouraged to include measures to contribute positively to the overall biodiversity in the Borough.