Environmental Constraints

Environmental Constraints

  • Product Overview

    Environmental constraints data is made up of the locations and classifications of areas deemed to be of natural importance by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales. These designated areas have restrictions that may limit the extent and type of property development that can take place and knowing the type and location of these designated areas is important during the planning process.

  • Product Information

    Available through Envirocheck Export in a range of digital formats; DWG, Shape, DXF, SDF, TAB and GML. Data is delivered within three hours of placing your order. 

     

  • Product Specification

    There are a wide range of national and international statutory designations and the data sets available detail these locations and areas of natural importance within the UK. 

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Areas of high scenic quality that have statutory protection to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. Areas range from rugged coastlines to water meadows. 
    • Special Areas of Conservation – Lands designated under the ECC Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and Wild Fauna and Flora (92/43/EEC) (Habitats and Species Directive).
    • Special Protection Areas – Areas which have been identified as being of national and international importance for the breeding, feeding, wintering or the migration of rare and vulnerable species of birds found within European Union Countries. 
    • Sites of Special Scientific Interest – The country’s very best wildlife and geographical sites. SSSIs have been designated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to protect areas of important flora, fauna, geological and/or physiographical features. 
    • Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) – Wetlands of international importance, designated under the Convention of Wetlands of International Importance.
    • National Nature Reserves (NNR) – These reserves have been designated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 or the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, Section 19, as areas of high national or international importance for nature conservation.
    • Local Nature Reserves – Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) offer people special opportunities to study and learn about nature. There are more than 1400 LNRs in England and are made up of living green spaces in towns, cities and villages throughout the country.
    • National Parks / National Parks (Proposed) – Extensive tracts of country that are protected by law because of their natural beauty. These areas are established under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 with the aim to provide protection for the countryside and associated ways of life found within them. 
    • Ancient Woodland – Ancient Woodland is a term used in the United Kingdom to refer to woodland dating back to pre-1600 in England and Wales, or pre-1750 in Scotland. The inventories were begun by the UK's government’s Nature Conservancy Council in the 1980s and has been maintained by its successor organisations. 
    • Country Parks – This data set, sourced from Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Countryside Council for Wales, represents a full set of Country Parks in England, Scotland and Wales. 
    • Parks & Gardens – These reserves have been designated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 or the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, Section 19, as areas of high national or international importance for nature conservation.

     

  • Features and Benefits

    • Saves time – No need to digitise environmental constraints data by hand.
    • Flexible – Only buy the data you need for your project.
    • Fast – Data is delivered by email download within three hours of placing your order.
    • Convenient – All data is held in one place, diminishing the need to spend time searching and collating data from several disparate sources.
    • Legal – All data is fully licensed for commercial use, under a single managed licence, with automatic expiry reminders.
  • Applications

    These designated areas have restrictions that may limit the extent and type of property development that can take place and knowing the type and location of these designated areas is important during the planning process. 

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