Planning for wildlife

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Portbury Wharf (credit: Pete Evans)Portbury Wharf (credit: Pete Evans)

The planning system shapes the places where we live and work, and plays a vital role in determining the type and quality of landscape for future generations. Inappropriate development can have a major impact on the area's wildlife, countryside and green spaces. Sympathetic planning can help protect, enhance and even create and connect new habitats, such as Portbury Wharf nature reserve (pictured).

Our planning role is about promoting positive outcomes as well as challenging potentially harmful proposals. The Trust is committed to working with developers and planning authorities and to influencing local, regional and national planning and other policy to ensure biodiversity is protected and enhanced.

We give wildlife a voice

  • Responding to local, regional and national policy
  • Responding to spatial planning consultations
  • Commenting on some planning applications where there is potential for significant effects on wildlife. These effects may be negative, but there may also be potential for working with developers and building in benefits for nature
  • Providing advice to and consulting with key stakeholders
  • Offering online guidance for the public

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to every planning application across the West of England area. However we do scrutinise certain applications which may affect designated nature conservation sites or priority habitats and species.

It is the local authorities' and Natural England's statutory responsibility to ensure that wildlife and habitats are protected from development. They scrutinise planning applications and their contact details are in our Guidance Notes planning documents.

Ecological Advice

If you require any detailed ecological advice in assessing a site for potential development or other purposes, then please contact our Ecological Consultancy Team. They provide a comprehensive range of ecological consultancy services to benefit both wildlife and the interests of clients