The planning system has changed in the past year – and the National Trust Planning blog has changed with it. With the new presumption in favour of sustainable development within the NPPF, we’ve become more focussed on what real sustainable development looks like locally. For example, we’ve written about how neighbourhood planning and be a stimulus for community engagement that is about more than just land-use planning.

To reflect this change, we’re renaming the blog ‘Places’. This all encompassing word represents the work of the National Trust, and the work being done in communities nationwide with new local-powers. We’ll continue to highlight great examples of neighbourhood planning and community engagement work and comment on planning and infrastructure issues. Planning is a tool to create fantastic places –  a wider remit on this blog will allow us to acknowledge that locally, planning can be as much about food, community energy and cycle paths as it is about houses and growth.

You’ll still find the blog here, at


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