Stonechat (saxicola torquata) South Stack RSPB reserve, Wales

Planning reform

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 which may have significant impacts on birds and biodiversity.

Planning in the UK

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.

Coal tit Parus ater, Aberdeenshire