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Decision details

Peterborough City Council Biodiversity Strategy - NOV18/CAB/54

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Cabinet to recommend adoption of PCC Biodiversity Strategy to Council. This follows a period of public consultation to update the 2010 Biodiversity Strategy.


Cabinet considered the report and RESOLVED to recommend the Biodiversity Strategy to Full Council for approval.


Reasons for the decision:

In exercising its functions, the Council had a duty under section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 to have regard, so far as was consistent with the proper exercise of those functions, to the purpose of conserving biodiversity. It was important therefore that the Council set out a clear strategy to ensure biodiversity was considered in all Council strategies, plans, programmes and practices. The Council’s constitution determined that the Strategy was a ‘major policy item’, and therefore could only be adopted by Full Council.


Alternative options considered:

Do not update the 2010 Biodiversity Strategy. This would represent a missed opportunity to refresh the now outdated list of actions, present information in a clearer format, and reflect current Government advice. As such, this was not the preferred option.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Background Documents:

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 (Section 40)


The Biodiversity Duty for Public Authorities, Defra Guidance, 2014


Peterborough City Council Approach to Biodiversity submitted to the Environment Capital Scrutiny Committee in 2010


Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services, Defra 2011


Report author: James Fisher

Publication date: 19/11/2018

Date of decision: 19/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 19/11/2018 - Cabinet

Accompanying Documents:



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