Planning and policy

Planning and policy

(c) Tom Blackwell

Speaking up for wildlife

We are passionate about giving Yorkshire's wildlife and wild places the strongest voice possible.

From influencing government policy to responding to individual planning applications, we work incredibly hard to ensure that vital topics such as biodiversity, the climate emergency and access to nature are considered at both a local and national level.

Discover more about our work on planning applications and influencing policy below.

Advice for developers    Advice for individuals

Planning applications

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Influencing policy

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A little owl (Athene noctua) hunts from a barn, Hertfordshire, UK - Luke Massey/2020VISION

Become an advocate for wildlife

Every voice counts when it comes to making a difference for our wildlife and wild places. You can be a strong advocate for nature by doing the following things:

Find out when your local authority is consulting on its Local Plan. Insist on strong policies to protect wildlife.

Find out if your parish or town is putting together a Neighbourhood Plan. You can seek the creation of new wildlife-rich green space as part of the plan or protect existing natural areas.

Respond to planning applications you think could damage wildlife or have the potential to create more areas for wildlife/deliver biodiversity net gain. Let your local councillors and those on the planning committee know why you are objecting.

Record animals and plants that are present in your local area and send as many records that you are certain about to your local records centre. This information helps when committees are making decisions about planning applications.

Report suspected wildlife crime and breaches of planning conditions.

Talk to your MP about campaigns or changes in policy that you want them to support, or highlight a particular story or problem in your area.

If you have a specific question about how to help wildlife, whether your local area can be designated as a nature reserve or whether we'll object to a planning application, please see our Frequently Asked Questions before getting in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dearne Valley Country Park

Advice for developers

We work with forward-thinking developers who want to enhance biodiversity and our connection with nature as part of their developments. One way we do this is through the Building with Nature Accreditation scheme.

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Our team

Louise Wilkinson is our Conservation Strategy and Advocacy Manager.  She leads our Conservation Planning Team and Yorkshire’s national policy campaigns.

Ellen Milner (MCIEEM) is a Conservation Planning Officer and Building with Nature Approved Assessor. She is an experienced ecologist who represents the Trusts planning advice for North and East Yorkshire.

Laura Hobbs (MCIEEM) is a Conservation Planning Officer and Building with Nature Approved Assessor. She is an experienced ecologist who represents the Trusts planning advice for South, West and East Yorkshire.

Contact us: wildlife.enquiries@ywt.org.uk