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The environment of the district, whether built or natural, is greatly important. The low lying coastal areas are of great value to wildlife and are protected by international legislation because of the important habitats, animals and plants that can be found there. The district also has some very important woodland, which also maintains important populations of animals and plants.
When considering development in these areas, extra care is required to ensure that no damage occurs, or where it does, it is mitigated.
The historic environment is important too. There are hundreds of listed buildings in the district and 10 conservation areas. Such buildings and areas help create the historic character of the district. In such buildings and areas, development is restricted and where it does take place it needs to be of high quality. The Council is seeking to enhance the Conservation Areas in the district and is preparing management plans.