Thank you for your letter. I absolutely agree that nature and biodiversity matter. I have read a lot of headlines about ‘government plans’ in the past week but few specific details. Any changes to planning will need to be dealt with in the Regeneration and Levelling Up Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. As you know, I take a close interest in this, especially in relation to protection of the Green Belt. I will write to the new Secretary of State at DEFRA and seek clarification of the points you have raised as I, too, would like a clear idea of where policy is going. Any reply I receive will be posted on my website.