Response to Maria Eagle speech on Labour plans for the environment

Responding to a speech by Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP at RSPB’s Headquarters today, Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director at the National Trust, said: “This is an important and much needed intervention by Shadow Environment Minister Maria Eagle setting out what she would want a Labour government to achieve on the natural environment; especially…

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…