Shropshire Wildlife Trust and planning
The planning system plays a key role in determining the type and quality of landscape we live in and pass on to future generations. It also has a significant influence on the habitat available to wildlife.
The Trust tackles planning issues in three ways:
* Alongside other Wildlife Trusts we campaign at a national and regional level for policies that protect and enhance our natural environment.
* At a local level we actively engage in consultations on local plans (now development frameworks) for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
* We comment on selected individual planning applications.
Which applications does Shropshire Wildlife Trust consult on?
The Trust is not a statutory consultee but our local planning authorities may seek our opinion where development is in close proximity to local Wildlife Sites or nature reserves.
Due to limited resources, it is generally only within our remit to make representations in relation to large-scale applications and applications which may have a significant impact on Wildlife Sites or nature reserves. Local authorities and/or Natural England (acting as a statutory consultee where an application involves a SSSI or protected species), both have responsibilities to ensure protection and enhancement of the natural environment through the planning system.