Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill – Queen’s Speech

Reacting to the announcement of Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech today Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director at the National Trust said: “It sounds like there could be some positive measures around neighbourhood planning in the new Bill, but overall we’re concerned that further reforms could create more confusion and uncertainty about…

We back beauty

The think tank ResPublica is today launching the Backing Beauty Commission with support from the National Trust and the Woodland Trust. The Commission aims to put beauty, placemaking and community participation at the heart of local planning and wider public policy. The Commission comes at a vital time. There is a problem that needs solving:…

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…