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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: Victoria Bankes Price, Woodland Trust
Link: Dan Pescod, Head of Policy and Advocacy

Update from the group:

In 2019 the Group worked hand in glove with Link’s 25 Year Plan Group on biodiversity gain and conservation covenants (see 25 Year Plan section for more).

In May 2019 we published a position outlining the principles we feel would be needed to help make the Government’s planned biodiversity gain (“net gain” as the Government termed the policy at the time) policy successful. Then in October we published a more detailed paper on how this complex policy might be made to work “on the ground”. We continue to brief officials on biodiversity gain policy, which we expect to figure in the returned environment bill in early 2020.

The Group published a Link policy position on the 25 Year Plan’s promised “Nature Recovery Networks”; a potentially vital part of forthcoming efforts to reverse the decline in nature and the wider environment.

For further information, contact Dan Pescod, Link’s Head of Policy and Advocacy.

Last updated: 19 December 2019