Local planning pack - England
We've split useful planning information into key areas to help better guide you through the maze of the planning system.
Useful planning information
To help you make the most of your voice, we've produced a set of leaflets which give you the power to influence local decisions and protect the wildlife which is important to you.
Please see our downloadable documents for more help and information.
What to do before a case
Use your local knowledge to influence development at an early stage.
By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to prevent a harmful development, or even enhance a proposal's value to wildlife.
What to do now
When dealing with a live planning application, you will need to be objective and decide if there is a genuine case.
Wasting time on a weak element of your campaign may undermine other legitimate planning concerns.
Find out the key questions you need to ask in order to build a case for protecting wildlife through the planning system.
How to gain local support
The more people who know what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will likely get for your campaign. Find out how to get your local media and local politicians involved.
Your local council has a key role in maintaining the quality of your local environment. PDF, 160Kb.Lobbying your local council
The more people who know about what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will get and the more likely decision‐makers will take your case seriously. PDF, 157Kb.Getting your message across with local media
In England, the relevant local planning authority must make its decisions on planning applications in line with the policies found in their development plan. PDF, 537Kb.The planning system
Find out how you can influence your council and help make your area more sustainable for the future. PDF, 179Kb.Addressing climate change through planning
Neighbourhood planning is about letting the people who know about and care for an area, plan for it. PDF, 375Kb.Neighbourhood planning
Get more information on specific species, as well as more detailed planning advice from our list of useful contacts.
Key contacts to find out more detailed advice:
- Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
- Butterfly Conservation
- Department of Communities and Local Government
- Natural England
- Planning system: Having your say
- Royal Town Planning Institute
- The Bat Conservation Trust
- The Environment Agency
- The Mammals Society
- The Planning Inspectorate
- The Town and Country Planning Association
- The Wildlife Trusts
- Woodland Trust
Environmental Impact Assessment FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions around Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in England, including what they are and what they're used for.