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Planning reform

Stone-curlew portrait

We speak up for birds and biodiversity

Image: Steve Round

Planning decisions taken by public authorities can have huge effects on the environment, for good or bad. We comment on plans and individual development projects that may have significant impacts on birds and biodiversity.

However, by the time projects get to the drawing board, many key decisions have already been made. That's why we seek to influence both national planning policies and the way the planning system operates. We want to ensure that sustainable development – including effective environmental protection and enhancement – is at the heart of the planning system.

Planning is a devolved activity in the UK and so there is a different planning system in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can find out more details about each country by following the links from this page.

Planning reform in England

In England, the planning system plays a little-seen but extremely important role in protecting wildlife whilst allowing the houses and business that we need. More...

Planning reform in England

Planning reform in Scotland

The planning system in Scotland changed significantly following the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. More...

Planning reform in Scotland

Planning reform in Wales

The planning system in Wales went through major reform following the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. More...

Planning reform in Wales

Planning reform in Northern Ireland

Planning in Northern Ireland is currently the responsibility of the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland). Major reforms are planned. More...

Planning reform in Northern Ireland

National Policy Statements

Faced with the threat of climate change, we believe that a low-carbon energy revolution is essential to safeguard biodiversity. More...

National Policy Statements