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…

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…

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…

Keith and Paul share their hunger for environmental solutions

Fit for the Future wins golden delicious Green Apple award

There’s not much that can drag our Welsh environmental team away from the mountains. However, yesterday evening we all made a special visit to the Houses of Parliament to attend the International Green Apple Awards. And it was worth the trip, as our Fit for the Future work was awarded the coveted ‘Gold’ Green Apple Award…

Labour’s policy on infrastructure planning

Today a consultation closes on how Labour propose to change the system we have for planning long-term infrastructure need in the UK. Sir John Armitt, the Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, has been drawing up proposals for the party, and the National Trust has been commenting on these. This matters to us because, whether…