What’s next for the Green Belt?

On Monday Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) released research showing that housing development proposed for the Green Belt has increased by another 50,000 to more than a quarter of a million houses. CPRE’s analysis comes in the context of Government’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which will relax some restrictions…

Guest blog: Walking 500 miles to save the Curlew

Today, BBC Radio 4 producer Mary Colwell-Hector will set off on a 500-mile walk to raise awareness and funds for the Curlew, a wading bird on the global red-list of species at risk of extinction. I have always loved Curlews. With their ridiculously long bills and legs, they cut a funny sight. But this wading…

Stopping the countdown to catastrophe for world heritage

Apathy towards our world heritage poses a greater risk to it than climate change, war and conflict, bad planning or natural disasters.   Today is World Heritage Day. Established by UNESCO in 1983 this yearly celebration of the world’s built cultural heritage aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and…

Renewable Energy is Rising in the East

Dee Nunn, one of National Trust’s REI Programme Project Manager’s, explains the steps being taken in East England to go green. It feels like a lot longer than five months since I joined the Renewable Energy Investment Programme team at the National Trust and we are setting our sights high in the East of England Region.  The…

Time for a rethink on the latest round of changes to planning

The Communities and Local Government select committee has put out today their report on the latest changes being proposed to the National Planning Policy Framework. The MPs are calling for a comprehensive review of planning policy rather than the piecemeal and rushed changes that DCLG seem keen to push through. Our statement to the report…