Save Our Local Wildlife Sites!

Birmingham and Black Country's 586 Local Wildlife Sites covering 4778ha are at risk of future development. #ActSwiftly to save our local wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save Our Local Wildlife Sites

Proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) are putting our local wildlife sites at risk of being lost to new developments.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is the guide that local planners use to make decisions about planning applications.

It is being changed to allow decisions on developments to be made more quickly, but the proposed changes could also have a devastating impact on the quality of the environment.

The new NPPF guidance the government is consulting on no longer mentions Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) - which puts them at risk of future development.
 

 

At the Wildlife Trust we regularly respond to planning applications that affect Local Wildlife Sites.
Without explicit protection we will see more and more applications that could result in developments that erode our wildlife network.
We are not against development, but development must be sustainable - it must be directed away from those sites richest in wildlife or that form important links to our wildlife corridors.

 

Where is your favourite Local Wildlife Site?

 

These sites are all Local Wildlife Sites and may be at future risk if the NPPF is changed, they are not currently at risk