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…

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…

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…

Lyons Review of Housing and Planning for the Labour Party: An initial reaction from the National Trust

Today Sir Michael Lyons published the findings of a major review of Housing and Planning policy commissioned nine months ago by the Labour leader Ed Miliband. Housing has become one of the top political issues in recent years, and especially since house building rates fell following the recession and have so far failed to recover.…