Topic: Commercial use of absence of records

If you were submitting a planning application and you wished to cite the absence of records on the NBN of species x from a particular 10 km square, would this breach the rules on commercial use? If so, whose permission would you need to obtain?

John Bratton


Re: Commercial use of absence of records

On top of the data permissions issue the Local Authority should also be rejecting this because of local knowledge. In Greater Manchester for instance it's well known across the districts and the planning ecologists that the record centre and several key surveillance organisations (GM Bird Recording Group, South Lancs Bat Group) no longer publish their data on the NBN (since the removal of enhanced access controls). So the absence of records, even at 10km, means nothing locally. I know this isn't what you asked but I wanted to give an alternate view of consultants trying to pass off an NBN search as a comprehensive desktop study.


Re: Commercial use of absence of records

All Phase 1 type reports should include a datasearch from the LRC and a few Local Planning Authorities actually specify this a requirement.  I would not consider a statement saying "we looked on the NBN an didn't find any records" acceptable and I doubt many Planning Officers would as well.