Planning Applications and Neighbourhood Plans

Planning Applications and Neighbourhood Plans

Responding to planning applications

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust receives many enquiries about planning applications and also requests for help with Neighbourhood Plans. As a small charity, we have limited resources and are only able to deal with a fraction of the planning applications that come to our attention and therefore have to prioritise those that we do respond to.

We only object to a planning application where we believe that there is a genuine threat to the following:

• Our nature reserves or adjacent property;
• Priority Living Landscapes, i.e. the Soar & Wreake Valleys and Charnwood Forest;
• Local Wildlife Sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Planning applications affecting LRWT nature reserves are dealt with by the member of the Conservation Team who manages the particular reserve. Other planning applications that meet the above priorities are dealt with by Claire Install in the Wider Countryside Team.

If an application does not fall within any of our priorities, then unfortunately we are unable to directly assist. We have produced some advice sheets for people wishing to object to a planning application or people compiling Neighbourhood Plans. These can be downloaded as pdfs by clicking on the links below:

Information on objecting to a planning application
Guidance for writing Neighbourhood Plans