Are developers dodging Local Plans? New NT research

Over the weekend the National Trust launched new research on how the planning system is working in England. Positive Planning – the NPPF and plan-led development’ finds that flaws in the Government’s planning rules are allowing developers to build housing in inappropriate locations, side-stepping sites allocated in Local Plans. This is how it was reported…

Stonehenge and the shrinking state

The National Trust has seen 41 Chancellors of the Exchequers since it was founded just over a century ago. In that time, we’ve seen the state grow, shrink back, grow again and now shrink back. The National Trust has kept growing in that time but, despite Simon Jenkins’ suggestion that the National Trust manages to…

Community Hydro at the Welsh Assembly

Yesterday saw an event in the Welsh Assembly Senedd to celebrate the success of the Community Hydro project at Anafon near Abergwyngregyn which the National Trust has been closely involved in.  The main leaders of the community projects gave speeches to an audience including Welsh Assembly members. The project has been under development since 2011…

Brownfield Land Supply: What’s the real story?

On 28 October the government released new statistics about brownfield sites and their potential for development. This blog looks at what these statistics really mean and how this compares to what other organisations are saying about brownfield land. What’s our view? The National Trust recognises that more houses do need to be built and that…

Fit for the Future Network visit to National Trust Hafod y Llan farm (credit Fit for the Future Network)

New royal recruit marks one year anniversary for Fit for the Future Network

A royal recruit has marked the successful one-year anniversary for an innovative carbon cutting network that brings together some of Britain’s biggest landowners. The Fit for the Future Network, which was launched by the National Trust and the sustainable energy charity Ashden in November 2013, now has an international membership of 85 land-owning, charitable and…