Planning Aid Wales’ work with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has been cited by the RSPB as an example of excellent public participation in planning.
The RSPB’s recent publication Planning Naturally seeks to incorporate planning for biodiversity into all stages of the planning process. The report sets out twelve principles of good spatial planning which the RSPB sees as critical for an effective planning system. Planning Aid Wales’ work with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is commended as a shining example of community engagement which goes above and beyond a ‘tick box’ process and is truly inclusive of civil society.
The case study emphasises Planning Aid Wales’ delivery of a programme of community training workshops which helped to bridge knowledge gaps between the local authority and local stakeholders. This work allowed community councils to participate in the early, strategy-setting stages of developing a Local Development Plan for the National Park area. The structured approach to engagement with community councils resulted in policies which are designed to protect locally distinctive natural and built environments, helping to address the RSPB’s aim of halting the loss of biodiversity.
Planning Naturally can be accessed on the RSPB website by clicking here.