Save our ancients!
Ancient woodland and aged and veteran trees could be added to a list of national assets that should be protected from development.
It's great news! Currently, planning permission should be refused if it impacts these precious habitats but a loophole has led to devastating losses.
Now the Government intends to add ancient woodland aged and veteran trees to a list of the nation’s assets that should be explicitly protected from development, through the new Housing White Paper - called 'Fixing our broken housing market'. This would raise their status in planning terms to that of National Parks, SSSIs or Green Belt.
But... it won’t change their fate - or close the loophole - unless the relevant planning guidance is amended accordingly.
Help us to make these plans worthwhile
The Housing White Paper consultation is the best route to influence the Government's plans and to see the relevant planning policy (paragraph 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework) amended. It's open for views until 2 May.
Find out more, and get some tips for your response, in the green box. When you're ready, complete the form to respond to the consultation. You could also send a message asking your parliamentary representative to help.
A General Election is now planned for early June. Together, we can ensure this consultation is still given proper consideration and that this opportunity to change planning policy is not lost, but becomes a priority for ministers.
You can add your views in the box below.
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