The Environmental Law Foundation


Diana Schumacher has drawn our attention to the work of the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF).

ELFlogoELF is UK charity founded in 1992 which helps people use the law to protect and improve their local environment and quality of life. Through their network of specialist lawyers and consultants across the UK, ELF offers a range of services:

  • free guidance and continuing support to those in need of assistance,
  • education and training: lectures, conferences and seminars, publications,
  • encouraging policy development,
  • providing a voice for communities and individuals.

Over 20 years providing free legal advice to communities, it has been calculated that ELF has helped more than a million individuals overall:

Follow links to Case Studies for further details of E.L.F’s work, which includes:

  • Helping local groups to force the withdrawal of a planning application for an ultra-intensive 8,100 cow dairy farm in Lincolnshire. Read more…
  • Directly representing local people objecting to plans for the largest incinerator in Europe to be built in Runcorn. Read more….
  • Providing assistance to a group who were concerned with the impact of proposals for motorised vehicles in the Cambrian Mountains. Read more
  •  helping the campaign group oppose preparatory plans to clear a 435-acre greenfield site in anticipation of building the power station before plans for the Hinckley power station have even been approved.
  • looking at the potential carbon emissions and the damage to the Chilterns, the Vale of Aylesbury and Warwickshire of the HS2 project. See E.L.F. Briefing: High Speed Rail Network’.
  • providing ongoing assistance to a local group campaigning against the expansion of Southend Airport.

ELF is preparing a new Advice & Referral Service on environmental matters with the support of Ben Pontin of the University of West of England.

But with current government legislation and the relaxation of planning laws, the demand by local communities for ELF’s services continues to increase – at a time when funding constraints mean that their capacity to deliver is more restricted than ever.

Diana comments: “As yet an unresolved dilemma!”


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