Planning advice for the public

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

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Concerned about a development threat?

The Wildlife Trust receives large numbers of enquiries from people who are concerned about threats to local wildlife.

Existing wildlife legislation and positive policies in development plans to protect species and habitats are not enough. Wildlife is still being lost at an alarming rate, often unnecessarily. This is due to a lack of information, poor understanding of wildlife issues or inadequate procedures.

Development pressures in the South East are increasing rapidly, as are pressures on natural resources including biodiversity.

Government and local planning authorities encourage public participation and welcome any assistance that can ensure fully informed and balanced decisions.

Guidance Notes

The downloads in the sidebar are intended to inform you about legislation and policies concerning the protection of wildlife. They will help you to take appropriate action to protect and enhance your local resources.

Neighbourhood Planning

At the end of 2011, the Localism Act introduced new powers to local communities, to allow them to help shape new development in their local area by preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Through a Neighbourhood Plan, Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums can establish planning policies about the use of the land in their neighbourhood, for example, where new houses, shops and business should go. (For more information see the Planning Portal website).

Neighbourhood Planning provides an opportunity for local communities to ensure that their local wildlife is protected, and that improvements for wildlife are made. If you are involved in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for your local area, please download the Community and Parish Guide to Biodiversity for Oxfordshire. It provides useful information on how to find out about the wildlife in your local area, so that you can ensure it is protected and identify wildlife improvements that could be delivered through development in your area.

Contact us

For more information please contact the conservation office on 01865 775476 or