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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:

The Group is looking at the implications for nature and landscapes of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, and associated plans to build a million new homes in the area between these two cities.

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

The Group also worked on 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.

The Group’s members also responded to Natural England’s two “light touch” reviews of the standard planning advice it provides on landscapes and protected species, and to the Treasury’s review of the aggregates levy.

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

Last updated: 31 October 2019