§ Ms Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what planning proposals she has to protect ancient woodland. 
§ Ms Keeble
I have been asked to reply.
The review of Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) note 9 on Nature Conservation will present an opportunity to consider guidance on trees and ancient woodlands, including areas of ancient woodland that are not designated as sites of special scientific interest.
My Department will also provide any planning advice that is required in respect of the proposed best practice guidance on forestry and woodlands, and in the updating of Circular 36/78 on Trees and Forestry.