The Landscape Institute's policy committee is urging members to share their views on the new Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Natural and Healthy Environment.
The draft planning policy statement (PPS) Planning for a Natural and Healthy Environment follows a surge of calls from landscape and public space specialists for recognition of the importance of green infrastructure.
The draft policy - open for consultation until 1 June - is an attempt to bring together several planning regulations. In its final form the natural environment PPS will replace statements and guidance on biodiversity and geological conservation (PPS9), open space, sport and recreation (PPG17) and sustainable development in rural areas (PPS7).
It will also replace guidance on coastal planning (PPG20) and take account of the commitment in the 2007 white paper Planning for a Sustainable Future to streamline existing policy.
Any views should be sent to Stephen Russell, LI policy and public affairs officer.