Warrington is home to many natural habitats. The protection and enhancement of these habitats are guided by national environmental legislation and policies being developed in the Local Development Framework.

Protected species

The Wildlife and Countryside Act and European Habitat regulations offer protection for a number of native flora and fauna. There are specific measures which developers are legally obliged to follow to protect habitats or mitigate the effects of any development as part of the planning process.

The presence of protected species such as Great Crested Newts, Bats and Water Voles in the borough is taken into account in planning applications

Locally important sites

There are some local wildlife sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the borough. These sites are Risley Moss and Rixton Claypits.

Planning applications

The National Planning Policy Framework states that the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by minimising impacts on biodiversity.

Planning applications may be invalid and not capable of registration if the required nature conservation documentation does not accompany a planning application.  The council has adopted validation checklists relating to planning application submissions, it is advisory to use these checklists before submitting your application.

Pre-application advice can be sought from the council.