National Trust response to the Prime Minister’s speech on planning

Today the Prime Minister outlined the Government’s plans to tackle the housing crisis, and launched consultations on proposed changes to the planning system.

In response, Richard Hebditch, Government Affairs Director, said:

“The Prime Minister’s speech shows that the Government recognise what people really want from a planning system – a measured process that delivers more homes, but not at the expense of the things we value, like our countryside, historic places, and wildlife.

“We’ll be looking closely at the detail of these rule changes to ensure the right balance is struck. We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to safeguard the local character of our rural towns and villages, and the extra protection for Green Belt land. However, Ministers’ plans to set high housing figures for each council area could have a negative effect if their formula doesn’t take account of important landscapes.”

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Take a look at our blog outlining our views on housing, infrastructure, our countryside and the future of planning policy.

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