524. Nature conservation policy in planning context.

For the purposes of planning legislation1, policies relating to the development and use of land2 in respect of the conservation of the natural beauty and amenity of the land must be taken to include policies encouraging the management of features of the landscape which are of major importance for wild flora and fauna3. Such features are those which, by virtue of their linear and continuous structure (such as rivers with their banks or the traditional systems of marking field boundaries) or their function as stepping stones (such as ponds or small woods), are essential for the migration, dispersal and