Planning advice

wild flowers and houses

Photo by Katrina Martin/2020Vision

Planning advice

Development is one of the most significant and ever-increasing pressures facing wildlife across our three counties.

We recognise the need for development but inappropriate development can have significant impact on wildlife by damaging the habitats on which it depends. Sympathetic planning minimises harm and can help protect, enhance and create new habitats, delivering valuable gains for biodiversity. Our work aims to influence policy and planning decisions to ensure positive outcomes for local wildlife. We will fight potentially harmful proposals.

Please note: due to the high volume of planning matters across our three counties we regret that we cannot respond to all emails and messages relating to planning applications.


Find out more about what we do to give wildlife a voice in the planning system, and how you can help protect wildlife from poorly planned or inappropriate developments.

Hedgehog house

Hedgehog house by Gillian Day

Help wildlife where you live

Find guidance on action you can take at home and at work to protect wildlife.

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Peter Creed

The planning system and planning policy

Find guidance on how the planning system works in England and Wales, including local and neighbourhood plans.

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meadows and houses

Meadows and houses by Kieron Huston

Responding to planning applications

Find guidance on responding to planning applications and consultations, plus more info on our work in this area.

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Marbled white and bulldozers

Marbled white and bulldozer by Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Development and wildlife

Find information about how developments can be planned to ensure they have a positive impact on wildlife.

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Wildlife and the law

Find out more about the laws that protect wildlife and the natural environment in our three counties.

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A view of a town with trees in the foreground

Photo by Zsuzsanna Bird

Professional Ecology Services

Future Nature WTC is BBOWT's wholly-owned Ecology Consultancy, providing a comprehensive range of professional ecological and environmental services to clients including local authorities, commercial companies, utility and infrastructure providers, landowners and homeowners. 

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Orchids at Aston Clinton Ragpits by Kate Titford

Orchids at Aston Clinton Ragpits by Kate Titford

Useful information

A directory of useful information and contacts for planning, development and wildlife laws.

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Contact us

For more information please contact us on 01865 775476 or email us

Find out more about BBOWT's work regarding large infrastructure projects in our area

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HS2 graphic by Helen Walsh

Nature matters

High Speed Two

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Map showing priority habitats on the OxCam Expressway corridors
Nature Matters

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

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