Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) has published new guidance to help Local Planning Authorities to identify and protect brownfield sites that have historical and environmental value for local communities.
Redeveloping brownfield land can be a means of meeting the criteria for sustainable development without losing previously undeveloped land. However many brownfield sites can be good for wildlife, with some such as Canvey Wick SSSI in Essex becoming designated as protected areas in their own right due to the valuable habitats they provide.
The new guidance builds on recent Government issued guidance and is supported by a number of environmental organisations, including the Wildlife Trusts.
The Guidance can be downloaded from Wildlife and Countryside Link here, and is also being sent to every local planning authority in England.