The planning system regulates how land use changes are decided, and can therefore have a major influence on reptile and amphibian conservation. In essence, there are two main elements to land use planning: forward (or strategic) planning, and development control. The former sets out the broad framework for land use changes in a given region. The latter regulates applications for individual land use changes. ARC engages in planning by influencing national policy and, when particular cases merit, by making representations on individual cases. The document below gives advice if you are concerned about a particular development. The planning systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland run to similar principles but different procedures. We will provide more guidance here in due course.

Related documents

Guidance on Building Development (England) with Respect to Amphibians and Reptiles (PDF 118kb)

Common Toads and Roads - Guidance for planners and highways engineers in England (PDF 2243kb)

Amphibian Habitat Management Handbook (PDF 3395kb)

Reptile Habitat Management Handbook (PDF 3884kb)