Co-Chair: Matt Williams, National Trust
Co-Chair: Jess Chappell, RSPB
Link: Dan Pescod, Head of Policy and Advocacy
Link’s 25 Year Plan group continues to lead the sector’s joint action to ensure that the 25 Year Environment Plan’s ambitions are realised.
In 2019 we submitted various responses to Government consultations on aspects of the Plan. In particular, we worked extensively, along with the Link Land Use Planning group, on the Government’s proposed “biodiversity gain “policy, which is intended to “require developers to ensure habitats for wildlife are enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development”. [ For more on this area, please see the Land Use Planning section of our website]
Link responded to the Government’s review of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), underlining urging that greater priority be given to the conservation and enhancement of the wildlife, cultural heritage and natural beauty of these areas.
We have been working hard to ensure that the Environment Bill, which we expect to see re-tabled early in 2020, is really ground-breaking and fit for the task of turning around the catastrophic declines in nature. The 25 Year Plan Group regularly briefs and meets officials and Parliamentarians regarding the nature-related aspects of the Bill.
In August 2019 we published our review of progress on the 25 Year Plan, in which we applaud the Plan’s ambition, but urge the Government to progress further and faster, and to ensure that legislation, funds and a powerful green watchdog are in place to underpin the Plan.
For further information, contact Dan Pescod, Link’s Head of Policy and Advocacy.
Last updated: 19 December 2019
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