Natural England and the Forestry Commission have updated their joint standing advice on Ancient Woodland, Ancient, and Veteran Trees. The amended advice includes further detail on the impacts of development, mitigation and compensation measures, and buffer zones.

This new advice should be considered by planning authorities as a material consideration when making decisions on development proposals, and the use of this enables planning authorities to make decisions that address impacts on ancient woodland, ancient and veteran trees without the need for consultation.

Read more about the updated planning advice here.