Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust has always realised the importance of influencing relevant policies and strategies where they can have an impact on, or provide an opportunity for nature conservation and engagement with wildlife.
If you’re concerned about a local development proposal or planning application that could impact on nature, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 263 4335.
The work we do includes:
- Working with the Wildlife Trusts nationally to influence policy and respond to relevant consultations, such as Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan and national planning policies.
- Influencing local environment strategies including Sheffield Trees and Woodlands Strategy, Sheffield Flood Prevention Consultation, Sheffield’s Green & Open Spaces Strategy, Sheffield Waterways Strategy, Rotherham Waterways Strategy and the South Yorkshire Green Infrastructure Strategy by attending meetings and workshops, sitting on steering groups and responding to consultations.
- Working with Local Planning Authorities to integrate The Living Don: A Network for Nature (our Living Landscape Map) into Local Plans.
- Using the same methods to influence national, regional and local Biodiversity Action Plans and Strategies.
- Co-chairing the Sheffield Green Commission.
- Responding to HS2 consultations.
- Influencing key community and well-being strategies to ensure that engagement with the natural environment and the benefits of sustainable lifestyles are included.
- Encouraging Local Authorities and other public bodies to implement the NERC Biodiversity Duty by staging a high profile event and producing sector-specific guidance notes.
- Providing briefing papers for partners and articles for members on key documents.
This work is important because it allows the Trust’s priorities to be integrated into these policies and strategies, making it easier for the work to actually be delivered on the ground. The work also raises the profile of the Trust and the different work we do. The Trust’s Chief Executive, the Living Landscape Development Manager and the Community Engagement & Learning Manager lead on this work with other members of staff, trustees and volunteers.
Biodiversity and the Town & Country Planning System
The Town & Country Planning System can both threaten and provide opportunities for biodiversity. Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust works with the Local Authorities in South Yorkshire to:
Provide a response to key relevant local planning applications which could have a significant negative impact on biodiversity, or create an opportunity for biodiversity enhancement.
Comment on relevant Local Plans – these set out the policies and maps (known as forward planning) on how the Local Authorities will deal with spatial planning for their area and planning applications (known as development control).
Develop and deliver training to planning officers (both forward planning and developmental control officers) on biodiversity issues and how to integrate biodiversity priorities into their Local Plans
Ensure Biodiversity Action Plans are relevant to the planning system – for example the Green Roof Habitat Action Plan for Sheffield.
Ensure Local Wildlife Sites are protected robustly in the local planning systems (as the sites are not protected in any other way).
To let us know about any planning concerns please email email@example.com or call 0114 263 4335.