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
Each of these applications was either withdrawn by the developer or refused planning by the Local Planning Authority.
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.
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.
- 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).
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.
To let us know about any planning concerns, please email email@example.com or call 0114 263 4335.