Planning advice for the public

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Wildlife across the county is under pressure from development - but you can play a crucial part in helping to protect it.

Concerned about the impact of a development on wildlife?

We try to keep up to date with planning applications but we don't always hear about everything. If you are aware of an application that you believe will have a significant impact on wildlife please let us know.

Email our planning officer k.dewey@staffs-wildlife.org.uk with details of the application and please include the application number so we can look it up easily.

Tell us about the species and habitats that you or others have seen on the site. Please be as specific as you can about when and where you have seen species.

We can't guarantee that we will be able to deal with every application forwarded to us because we have very limited resources - but we will use your information to help decide which proposals are of greatest concern. 

Objecting to an application yourself

Individuals can play a crucial part in the planning system to help protect wildlife. If you are concerned about a planning application, you may wish to write a letter of objection to the application case officer.

Download our factsheet for tips on how to express your concerns about a planning application. 

If you need species and habitat records for a particular location to support your objection, members of the public can access these for free by contacting Staffordshire Ecological Record. 

Are you submitting a planning application?

If you are planning a building project, such as a barn conversion, and think you may need a protected species survey carrying out, the following information might help.

Further information

You may find the following information useful:

Natural England - Advice on Protected Species

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended

RSPB - Schedule 1 Bird List

DEFRA - European Protected Species

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

Habitats and Species of Principal Importance in England (species or habitats that should be given priority by local authorities)

The Biodiversity Planning Toolkit

Interactive map providing geographic information about the natural environment

Protected species advice

Planning for biodiversity and geological conservation: a guide to good practice

Working with the grain of nature: a biodiversity strategy for England

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

RSPB Schedule 1 Bird List

Information on European Protected Species

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

Habitats and Species of Principal Importance in England

Green roof information

Information on sustainable drainage

Planning and development – guidance - Construction near protected areas and wildlife

Good practice guidance for green infrastructure and biodiversity

A Natural Estate- making space for nature on housing estates