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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, landscapes 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

Vice Chair: Carl Bunnage, RSPB

Link: Emma Clarke, Policy and Information Coordinator


Update from the group:

With new levelling up or planning legislation expected in the latter half of this year, Link's Land Use Planning Group will continue to highlight how planning can make a positive contribution to nature's recovery, rather than perpetuating the sustained habitat loss seen over recent decades. Link is also a part of the 'Better planning coalition' in collaboration with 17 other organisations from across the nature, housing, transport and heritage sectors and will advocate for this coalition's new vision for planning. Link's priorities for planning legislation can be found here. Our most recent briefing on how the planning system can deliver better for nature, climate and people can be found here.

The LUPG continues to advocate for our proposals on SEA and EIA, as set out in this briefing on success criteria and this briefing on a new framework for environmental assessment, as the Government indicated its intention to review these processes as a part of the wider planning reforms.

Recently the Land Use Planning Group responded to a consultation on the Government's review of the energy National Policy Statements and responded to a survey on the review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects review.

The LUPG responded in full to the recently published Government consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain regulations and implementation.

For further information, contact Emma Clarke, Link's Policy and Information Coordinator.

Last updated: 29 April 2022

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