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Planning

Land-use planning helps to secure sustainable development. It determines the location and design of buildings such as housing, industry, retail and leisure developments. It also helps to protect the countryside, and it shapes the future of where we live.

Development can have a detrimental impact on biodiversity, but good development and positive planning can enhance places for people and wildlife. We want a planning system that creates the right development, in the right place, at the right time.

Our policy work reflects the different planning systems in each country of the UK. For more information on specific development projects, follow the casework link.

The RSPB and planning

Homes, businesses, roads, ports – we rely on them, but sometimes new developments like these can have a damaging effect on wildlife and the environment. Find out how we're working to create a positive planning system. More...

The RSPB and planning

Planning Naturally

Our 12 principles of good spatial planning, illustrated with case studies from around the UK and beyond. More...

Planning Naturally

Planning reform

Major changes to the planning system in each country of the UK have recently taken place or are likely to take place soon. More...

Planning reform

Habitats regulations review

Find out what we think of the government's review of habitats regulations. More...

Habitats regulations review

Environmental assessment

The environmental impact of development plans and projects can be assessed using a variety of techniques. More...

Environmental assessment

Sustainable homes and buildings

We want new construction and development to be sustainable. We promote a five-point approach to planning decisions for biodiversity. More...

Sustainable homes and buildings

Green infrastructure

To meet the new 2020 target for biodiversity, and ensure species’ resilience and adaptation to climate change, we need to do more conservation - and we need to do it now. More...

Green infrastructure

Minerals planning

Former mineral extraction sites have huge potential to be restored as high-quality wildlife habitats. More...

Minerals planning

Planning awards

Discover which of our projects have won planning awards and find out about the winners of the joint RTPI/RSPB Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Awards. More...

Planning awards

Regional policy

Regional policy in both the EU and the UK has a significant influence on funding and policy for infrastructure. We have engaged in both areas of work so that biodiversity is protected and enhanced, and stakeholders have a proper say in decisions affecting the environment. More...

Regional policy

Document library

Visit the document library to download our planning reports, briefings and consultation responses. We keep it updated with all our latest publications. More...

Document library