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RSPB responds to new Chancellor’s speech

Responding to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves’ speech, Beccy Speight, RSPB Chief Executive, commented:

“Restoring nature is vital for a thriving economy and our health and wellbeing. The new UK Government must put nature at the heart of planning reforms. This will provide certainty for businesses, investors and local government, healthy places for local communities to live and thrive, and deliver a future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Through strategic planning on land and at sea, the UK Government can ensure nature’s recovery and the achievement of Net Zero at the same time as meeting important house building targets and delivering essential growth in renewable energy. This means directing investment and infrastructure to locations away from our most important places for wildlife, such as marine feeding grounds and protected sites. And building wildlife in from the start, whether that’s Swift bricks and Hedgehog highways in new homes, or wildlife-rich hedgerows around solar farms.”

About the RSPB 

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, protecting habitats, saving species, and helping to end the nature and climate emergency. For over a century we’ve acted for nature through practical conservation and powerful partnerships, campaigning and influence, and inspiring and empowering millions of people, including almost 1.2 million members. Our network of over 200 nature reserves sits at the heart of our world leading science and conservation delivery. Nature is in crisis, but together we can save it. 

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity.