Setting up a 'wildbelt' will protect nature from planning shake-up, conservationists say

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The Wildlife Trusts warn that ministers’ ‘bias’ towards development threatens Britain’s biodiversity, writes Jane Dalton

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries and numbers of hedgehogs, along with other native species, have plummeted already The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries and numbers of hedgehogs, along with other native species, have plummeted already (DPA/Getty Images)

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n overhaul of England’s planning system must protect any land being returned to its natural state, classifying it as "wildbelt", conservationists say.

The Wildlife Trusts warn that the government’s proposed shake-up, with its “bias” towards development, weakens environmental protections and increases threats to nature.

The new official proposals will “make a bad situation worse” in one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet, they say.

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