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Land Use Planning

The Land Use Planning Working Group acts to conserve the natural and historic environment by seeking improvements to the national planning system for the benefit of biodiversity, landscape and people. The Group works to ensure that the reform of the planning regime in England helps to deliver better protection and enhancement of the natural environment as a key component of sustainable development.

Chair: Rebecca Pullinger, The Woodland Trust
Link: Zoe Davies, Policy Lead

Update from the group:

Link’s Land Use Planning Group is working with members to shape the forthcoming planning reforms, announced by the Prime Minister in June. There is no evidence that environmental regulations in themselves slow down the planning system – in fact, numerous reviews have found them to be fit for purpose. Instead, poor implementation and data provision lead to environmental issues not being considered at an early enough stage in the planning process. With better data and more strategic integration of environmental information, the planning process would be easier for developers to use and create better places for people and nature. Our briefing has more detail. We await a policy paper from government outlining its proposed planning reforms in more detail.

Provisions in the Environment Bill such as biodiversity net gain, Local Nature Recovery Strategies and conservation covenants – all of which will be crucial for delivering widespread, strategic restoration of nature and creation of habitat to deliver the 25 Year Plan.

For further information, contact Zoe Davies, Link Policy Lead

Last updated: 31 July 2020