Here you'll find our planning reports, briefings and consultation responses listed in chronological order - the most recent documents are shown first. We update the library regularly, so keep coming back to see our latest publications.
Nature Positive Local Plans Research Report May 2015
Study to help improve the RSPB’s and The Wildlife Trusts' understanding of which biodiversity-focused policies of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) have been positively integrated into new Local Plans across England.
Date: 1 October 2015
Conservation Planner spring 2015
In this issue: A new partnership is giving nature a home; New planning laws for barns; Be nest aware; SSSIs under threat
Date: 1 May 2015
Conservation Planner autumn 2014
IN THIS ISSUE: Wildlife guidance for solar developments. Are we fit to frack? Hydro-power scheme threatened Snowdonia. New planning policy for Scotland
Date: 6 October 2014
RSPB Scotland response to DECC CFD consultation (tech groupings) June 2014
RSPB Scotland are very concerned about DECC’s plans to award converted biomass power stations long-term subsidies.
Date: 11 June 2014
RSPB Scotland Response to Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement
Climate change is a significant threat to wildlife, and therefore we strongly support action to reduce emissions associated with heat, which is estimated to account for 47 per cent of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.
RSPB Scotland consultation response - DECC Additional support for island renewables Oct 2013
Date: 10 June 2014
Conservation Planner spring 2014
IN THIS ISSUE: New British Standard for biodiversity and planning. Sustainable development in action for butterflies. New guidance on windfarms and birds.
Date: 27 May 2014
Opencast coal mining - Moving towards more effective regulation
This briefing summarises our response to the Scottish Government consultation on effective regulation of open cast coal restoration.
Date: 22 May 2014
UK Woodland Assurance Standard - the RSPB’s response to consultation on revision of this standard.
This explains our views on the revision of the UK’s voluntary sustainable forest management standard
Date: 9 May 2014
High Speed 2, Phase One Environmental Statement Consultation
Our response focuses on two significant issues: the first in relation to HS2 as a low option, the second on how impacts on biodiversity have been assessed and dealt with.
Date: 1 March 2014
RSPB Scotland response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme: Stage 2
Our concerns and recommendations regarding the final proposals on the Scotland Rural Development Programme.
Date: 27 February 2014
RSPB Scotland: Parliamentary Briefing on Open Cast Coal Consultation
Recommendations in order to ensure future open cast coal extraction takes place at minimal risk to Scotland’s wildlife, communities and climate targets.
Date: 26 February 2014
Consultation on the Green Paper on Biodiversity Offsetting
RSPB response to the Green Paper on Biodiversity Offsetting
Date: 11 February 2014
Written evidence for the Environmental Audit Committee
RSPB submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Biodiversity Offsetting
Letter to the Chancellor
Joint letter to the Chancellor on the importance of a mandatory system for biodiversity offsetting
RSPB Scotland Consultation Response - Draft Electricity Generating Stations
Date: 4 December 2013
Conservation Planner autumn 2013
IN THIS ISSUE: Biodiversity loss through development must stop. Spatial planning with nature in mind. Renewable energy in harmony with nature. Revised RIBA guide Designing for biodiversity.
Date: 15 November 2013
Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020: delivering for species and habitats
RSPB Scotland would like to see changes to the main schemes in the SRDP but do not think complete overhaul is desirable or necessary
Date: 20 June 2013
Northern Ireland Planning bill - consultation response
RSPB's recommendations for changes to the new Northern Ireland Planning Policy
Date: 18 April 2013
Conservation Planner 38
IN THIS ISSUE: Greater Thames Futurescape. Green infrastructure with Exeter City Council. The M4 relief road. Peat extraction halted at Chat Moss. Offshore and onshore wind farming. Dearne Valley masterpla. Planning reform in Scotland. Biodiversity offsetting. Northern Ireland planning bill. A planner’s year.
Date: 7 March 2013