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Following the Government’s introduction of a statutory Register for Brownfield Land, we're calling on the Government to protect previously developed or brownfield land that is of high environmental value for wildlife.

To help Government fulfil this commitment, we have published guidance to help local authorities identify suitable brownfield land for development. This should ensure that wildlife havens are protected.

Brownfield land includes places such as abandoned industrial sites, former railway sidings and extraction pits. Most brownfield land can be beneficially redeveloped in order to reduce the need to build on greenfield land in the countryside. However, a small number of sites are hugely valuable for both people and wildlife, often being the only greenspace available to communities within urban environments.

We have provided guidelines to help local authorities determine when land is of high environmental value. After all, it is important that these precious places are properly considered in the planning process.

Planning for people and nature

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