Planning

  • A local conservation charity is concerned that budget cuts that will prevent the Environment Agency advising on wildlife-related aspects of planning applications in the county could have long-term consequences.

  • As flood waters recede, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is calling for long-term sustainable solutions to deal with flooding for both people and for wildlife.

  • The Wildlife Trusts believe the land-use planning system is fundamental to securing nature’s recovery. The recent launch of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) means that more than a thousand pages of planning guidance has now been reduced to around 50. We were concerned that much helpful guidance on protecting and enhancing wildlife through development would be lost in the transition.

  • The Wildlife Trusts believe the land-use planning system is fundamental to securing nature’s recovery. In principle, The Wildlife Trusts support the consolidation of planning policy outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) but the draft NPPF is dominated by a weighting in favour of economic growth and risks weakening existing wildlife protection.