Is beautiful useful?

A partnership coordinated by ResPublica involving the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Civic Voice, is taking forward a unique programme of activity on beauty and its contribution to social prosperity.  Beauty plays a central role in enabling people and communities to flourish. Beautiful places improve local public health and wellbeing,…

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…