Chair: Rebecca Pullinger, The Woodland Trust
Vice Chair: Carl Bunnage, RSPB
Link: Emma Clarke, Policy and Information Coordinator
Link’s Land Use Planning Group, in collaboration with some members of the wider Link coalition, have developed concrete and positive proposals for SEA and EIA, given the Government's intention to review these processes later in the year. The briefing outlines how the implementation of SEA and EIA can be improved to work better for the environment, planning applicants, and local communities.
The Land Use Planning Group recently submitted evidence to the HCLG Committee's inquiry on permitted development rights, following on from their consultation response to the Government's proposals to extend permitted development rights, proposals which risk harm to the environment and peoples' access to nature and undermine the ability of local authorities to plan for vital and viable communities. They also submitted a consultation response to the Government's draft revisions of the National Planning Policy Framework and the draft National Model Design Code.
Earlier in January, the Land Use Planning Group, in collaboration with 17 other organisations from across the nature, housing, transport and heritage sectors, launched a new vision for planning, setting out eleven principles for a better planning system. The vision included proposals for new planning designations that would strengthen existing protections for nature and create new spaces for nature to recovery, known as Highly Protected Areas and Nature Recovery Areas.
With a new Planning Bill expected in the latter half of this year, the Land Use Planning Group will continue to highlight how planning can make a positive contribution to nature's recovery, rather than perpetuating the sustained habitat loss seen over recent decades. Link's priorities for the Planning Bill can be found here.
To learn more about the Group's proposals to effectively integrate environmental improvement with the planning system, see their response to the Government's 'Planning for the Future' proposals for a reform of the planning system in England and their briefing from a Roundtable for MPs on the Planning White Paper and Nature held in November 2020.
The Group continues to advocate for provision in the Environment Bill such as biodiversity net gain and Local Nature Recovery Strategies that will be crucial for delivering widespread, strategic restoration of nature and the creation of habitat to deliver the 25 Year Environment Plan.
For further information, contact Emma Clarke, Link's Policy and Information Coordinator.
Last updated: 30 April 2021
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