Policy & influence
Read the fifth in the collection of essays we presented to policymakers at a reception at the Houses of Parliament in December 2017.
The Government’s proposals to update English planning policy include a huge improvement for the protection for ancient woodland. But ministers have failed to give equal enhanced protection to aged and veteran trees, separating the two habitats for the first time in the NPPF.
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to overhaul England’s planning policy that will afford ancient woodland far more robust protection.