Indeed, draft PPS9 uses the word 'geodiversity' three times.
Local geodiversity action plans (LGAPs) (3) have been produced for at least six areas of England, and there therefore seems no reason not to call PPS9 Biodiversity and Geodiversity Conservation.
In draft PPS9 they are treated rather differently and separately.
Strange, then, that draft PPS9 is silent on the use of statutory limestone pavement orders.
So, despite the change of title, draft PPS9 retains the old biocentric approach to nature conservation.
Draft PPS9 encourages the planning system to enhance biodiversity in new developments, but there is a danger that in so doing developers will propose remodelling of landform in order to increase habitat diversity.
3(i)), but given the new title of PPS9, this should read 'biodiversity and geodiversity objectives.
There are several encouraging statements in draft PPS9.