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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: Emma Clarke, Policy and Information Coordinator

Update from the group:

Link’s Land Use Planning Group submitted their response to the Government’s ‘Planning for the Future’ proposals for a reform of the planning system in England, You can read their consultation response here. While the planning system could certainly be improved, the proposals are a missed opportunity to effectively integrate the Government’s environmental improvement programme with the planning system. A planning system that works for nature must have nature’s recovery at its core, with more strategic planning supported by well-resourced local authorities and comprehensive and updated environmental data.

The Group also hosted a successful Roundtable for MPs on the Planning White Paper and Nature on 6 November, featuring Craig Bennett of the Wildlife Trusts, Rebecca Pullinger of the Woodland Trust and Phillipa Oppenheimer of CPRE. You can read the briefing for the event here.

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 November 2020

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