Development is one of the most significant pressures facing wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

We take a positive approach to planning. We recognise the need for development, but it should be delivered in the right places and in the right way to be truly sustainable. Our work aims to influence policy and planning decisions to ensure positive outcomes for local wildlife.

Strategic Planning

We engage in public consultations to influence local plans, local transport plans and other strategic planning documents to ensure that planning policy protects our most important wildlife habitats and contributes towards the enhancement and restoration of ecological networks. 

Reviewing and responding to planning applications

We review and submit comments to local authorities when planning applications come forward which may have significant impacts on wildlife. We screen weekly lists for proposed developments that may be a concern, and are also consulted by the district and borough councils (as a non-statutory consultee) where they perceive a potential wildlife issue. We prioritise staff time in order to we have the greatest positive impact for wildlife in the area and respond in line with our Planning Policy. You can read more in our Planning Position Statement.

Current planning issues

High Speed 2

High Speed Rail 2 threatens 160 wildlife sites from London to BirminghamA new high speed rail line (HS2) from London to Birmingham will impact wildlife in the Colne Valley, as it runs straight through Broadwater Lake Nature Reserve near Harefield.

Read more about High Speed 2 on our campaign page.

Radlett Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

Railway track


Read our position statement