The Trust's focus in the area of planning and development is based on getting the best deal for wildlife. In practice, this might mean campaigning against a major infrastructure development because it’s not in the best interest of wildlife.
At the point at which a major development is approved, our attention must turn to getting the best deal for wildlife through mitigation. The alternative – that we do nothing – is not an option.
It is often necessary to plan for mitigation in parallel with our campaigning, but we ensure that mitigation is not used as a pawn in the approval process.
The Trust's policies and position statements on key issues affecting wildlife and nature in Essex can be found below.