Chapel Wood RSPB reserve, Devon, England, aerial view

Planning Reform in England

The RSPB is working to encourage the Westminster Government to ensure that the land-use planning system in England is fit to support nature’s recovery

What Nature Needs

Bright purple heather and yellow gorse in bloom on Aylesbeare heath, vast greenery extends into the horizon, under a cloudy sky

In August 2020 the Westminster Government consulted on plans for the most radical changes to the planning system in England since 1947. The RSPB raised concerns with the Government that the proposals would weaken protection for wildlife. We offered practical suggestions about how the planning system should address the nature and climate emergency.

What’s next

A stream through the centre of two bright green fields, at the Brading marshes reserve, with a town in the distance, under a blue sky with scattered clouds

We’re expecting plans for changes to the planning system to be revealed soon in documents for the drafts of new sets of laws to govern the planning system in England. We will challenge any proposals that threaten nature and insist upon a planning system that works for wildlife.