What's next We also have a series of events in the pipeline: click here for events calendar. (Note date change for 'Into the Lions' Den', which will now be on 18 November.
We need your help to save wildlife - please take a few minutes to fill in our Biodiversity Net Gain survey(before 30 October). We plan to present findings on 4 November at 4pm, together with a talk by Sophus zu Ermgassen, who has completed research on early outcomes of biodiversity net gain.
We'll be focusing our efforts on right homes, right place: evidence-based housing need; community participation; environment & biodiversity net gain. We'll continue to run webinars and work on resources for campaigners. One of these is this NPPF 2021 campaign tool which will make it easier for you if you are responding to local plan consultations. We plan to respond to a number of consultations and inquiries. The first of these submissions was the Lords' inquiry into the Built Environment, in which you can read here. Our summary said:
"We believe that the inquiry should recommend the following actions: 1. A review of the national housing target, with Census 2021 data as the trigger; 2. That government policy should deliver for housing need, not just demand, and for renters as well as home buyers, while investment in social housing must be prioritised; 3. The need for far greater and more meaningful community participation, not less, across the planning system, so that outcomes are improved for everyone is a core component of future planning policy, including mandatory referendums for Local Plans.
The environment. Although outside the scope of the consultation questions, it is imperative that, in light of the climate crisis, the environment is put at the heart of the planning system so that ‘green’ outcomes are prioritised. We urge that the inquiry explicitly recognises the significance of the Climate Change Committee Report June 2021 and the IPCC report of August 2021 and thereby the interdependence of the built and natural environments. In addition, the forthcoming Planning Bill must be linked with the Environment Bill so that environmental considerations are at the forefront of planning. Otherwise, there is a risk of repeated, expensive and time consuming legal challenges from all sides of the arguments to resolve any incompatibilities between the two Acts solely to the benefit of the legal profession."