Examples of our responses to planning applications
- Smithy Wood – submission 1, submission 2, submission 3, submission 4, submission 5
- Owlthorpe Fields – submission 1, submission 2, submission 3
- Hollin Busk – submission 1, submission 2, submission 3, submission 4
- Hepworth Properties Ltd, East Works (Former Loxley Works), Storrs Lane – submission 1
Each of these applications was either withdrawn by the developer or refused planning by the Local Planning Authority.
Here are some examples of our responses to current and ongoing planning applications:
Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust cares about all places for wildlife, but as a charity we do have limited resources and so unfortunately we are unable to respond to every planning application. So in addition to those applications we are able to provide comments on ourselves, we actively encourage people to take action themselves to protect their local environment.
How to comment on a planning application
As a member of your community, you have local knowledge that makes your views important. By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to use this knowledge to influence development at an early stage, perhaps preventing a harmful development or enhancing a proposal’s value to wildlife.
When a development is proposed that involves the changed use of a piece of land, a planning application must be made to the Local Planning Authority (LPA). The Local Planning Authorities covering our operating area are Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.
Using the above links, you will find information about planning and planning policies from each of those Local Planning Authorities, as well as search facilities to find a specific planning application or view a weekly list of applications.
A very important factor to bear in mind when responding to a planning application is to try and restrict your comments to specific planning concerns. Whilst emotional concerns for loss of nature or green space may quite understandably drive your desire to challenge an application for development, unfortunately they are not a legitimate reason for refusal. Only comments regarding why an application does not meet the requirements of national planning policy or the relevant local authority’s planning and development policies will carry weight in the decision-making process.
If you’re concerned about a local development proposal or planning application that could impact on nature, please contact us at email@example.com or call 0114 263 4335.
Influencing planning policies and strategies
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.
The work we do to influence planning policy 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 – see our latest campaign Planning to Fail?
- Influencing Sheffield and Rotherham’s planning policy documents including Local Plans and supplementary planning documents by responding to consultations and providing information to Local Planning Authority Officers.
- Working with Local Planning Authorities to to integrate Nature Recovery Networks/ecological networks/green infrastructure into Local Plans.
- Co-chairing the Sheffield Green Commission.
- Responding to HS2 consultations and highlighting concerns through campaigning.
- Providing briefing papers for local Councillors and articles for members on policy changes such as Biodiversity Net Gain.
- Ensure Local Wildlife Sites are protected robustly in the local planning systems (as the sites are not protected in any other way).
More widely we work to influence local, regional and national strategies, for example by:
- 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.
- Chair the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership to influence policy and sharing of good practice across the county.
- Encouraging Local Authorities and other public bodies to implement the NERC Biodiversity Duty.
- Influencing key community and well-being strategies to ensure that engagement with the natural environment and the benefits of sustainable lifestyles are included.
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 and Living Landscape Development Manager lead on this work with other members of staff, trustees and volunteers.
To let us know about any planning concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 263 4335.