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…

COP23: We’re all in the same canoe

In this blog, Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General of the International National Trusts Organisation, reflects on this year’s UN Climate Talks in Bonn. “WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME CANOE” With these words, the Prime Minister of Fiji opened proceedings at the UN climate change talks in Bonn this year. Hosting a COP (Conference of the Parties to…

HS2 must leave a positive legacy for the landscape

The National Trust’s HS2 Project Team has recently submitted a response to plans for the HS2 railway in Staffordshire. The HS2 Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill is currently in Parliament and awaiting Second Reading. Included with the Bill is the Environmental Statement which assesses the environmental impacts of constructing and operating the railway…