Councils ‘ignoring national guidance’ on ancient woodlands

The number of developments that could negatively impact ancient woodlands has fallen 25% in one year, but not all council planners are following the new planning rulebook correctly, according to a conservation charity.

The Woodland Trust reported this week that there were 441 ancient woods under threat from active planning applications in England – a 25% drop compared to last year when changes were made to national planning guidance.

But according to the trust, not all councils are adhering to the revised national planning policy framework (NPPF). Last July, the government updated its NPPF, which asked planners to value trees and ancient woodland in the same way listed buildings are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.  

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