All local planning authorities produce a number of strategic documents that plan out where and how development will happen in an area. Spatial planning is important to make sure that the right kind of development happens in the right place and at the right time - it's no good building hundreds of new houses if there are no schools or hospitals for the people living in them to use.
We try to influence these high level plans by working with local planning authorities and responding to consultations. We want to affect decisions and site allocations before the planning application stage so that the environment is placed at the heart of spatial planning.
All planning applications are decided against the policies in the strategic plans, so getting these right is the most efficient use of our time and solves a lot of problems for wildlife before they occur.
Find out more about the strategic plans we might comment on: