42,000 Local Wildlife Sites in England are at risk of losing their protection under HM Government’s new draft planning rules. This is a huge concern. Please ask the government to reverse this decision.
Local Wildlife Sites are recognised in national planning policy which protects them from being developed for housing, roads or industry. Even with this protection, some are lost each year.
From ancient woodlands and flower meadows to wildlife oases in our cities, Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) are quiet places where wildlife thrives.
Now, the Government is proposing to take all reference to Local Wildlife Sites out of the National Planning Policy Framework.
This means removing protection for all Local Wildlife Sites.
This means ‘unprotecting’ 5% of the country’s land area – that’s an area of wildlife-rich land the size of Devon.
In Leicestershire and Rutland this means ‘unprotecting’ 1,000 Local Wildlife Sites covering well over 3,000 hectares.
We believe this could be a disaster for our wildlife. We cannot let this happen.
If the Government is to achieve its ambition to be ‘the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it found it’, it must reverse this proposed change to the planning rules. Because our LWS lie at the heart of nature’s recovery.
A recent survey of over 5,000 LWS showed that 16% had been lost or damaged in the last five years and loss to development was a significant cause within this. This is happening even with the basic levels of protection - imagine what could happen when there’s none.
A consultation on the proposals is now open and closes on 10 May. Please stand up for LWS’s and demand that they are reinstated to the National Planning Policy Framework. You can add your name to the consultation by following the link. Sign-up here: https://e-activist.com/page/23394/action/1?en_chan=fb&locale=en-GB&ea.tracking.id
We must not let the Government forget Local Wildlife Sites and leave them unprotected.
Photograph: Local Wildlife Site and Trust Nature Reserve Altar Stones.
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