National Trust response to 2017 Budget

Our response to the  2017 Budget announcements made today.

On housing:

Richard Hebditch, Government Affairs Director, National Trust, said,

“We support action to encourage the build out of planning permissions already granted, and the Chancellor’s welcome pledge to continue to protect the Green Belt. When it comes to finding additional land for development, the real challenge for Ministers is ensuring that the houses we need go in the right places, in a way that doesn’t spoil our valued countryside or historic areas in our town centres.

“How Government divides up its 300,000 home aspiration between councils could end up putting even more pressure on sensitive landscapes, such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Green Belt, unless current approaches are redesigned.”

On plastics:

Richard Hebditch, Government Affairs Director, National Trust, said,

“Our staff and volunteers are only too well aware of the damage that plastics can cause to wildlife, and the blight of discarded plastics in the places we care for, and so we welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to consult on taxes for throwaway plastics. This, alongside the consultation on a deposit scheme for single use drinks containers and the successful carrier bag charge already in place, could have a really positive impact on our environment.”

The National Trust is extending its partnership with the Marine Conservation Society tomorrow, 23rd November, to improve the quality of the UK’s coastal and marine environments. The aims of the collaboration include engaging a wider audience in active conservation initiatives, such as beach cleans and surveys, to reduce the impact of pollution and litter.

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