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Planning for a healthy and natural environment

‘Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity’, has been published by The Wildlife Trusts and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), in partnership with a wide range of organisations. It provides guidance for practitioners to ensure nature is taken into account when shaping local areas.

The planning system in England has a central role to play in the protection and restoration of the natural environment. Ensuring green infrastructure1 is protected, restored, created and managed through the strategic planning process, and specific planning decisions, is at the heart of this guidance.

The natural environment plays a fundamental role in sustaining our collective future. It is widely recognised that people’s connection with nature can increase their health and well-being. The natural environment also provides a range of additional economic, social and environmental services without which society could not function.

Led by The Wildlife Trusts and TCPA, the guide has been prepared with input from statutory and non statutory organisations with expertise in planning green infrastructure and biodiversity. Endorsed by more than 30 organisations, it summarises the latest policy drivers; distils the best approaches and good practice; and signposts sources of further detailed information.

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