New nature ‘net gain’ consultation: our initial thoughts

We’ll be responding to Defra’s new consultation on biodiversity net gain. Here are a few of our initial thoughts. The UK Government has published a consultation on a mandatory system for ‘biodiversity net gain’. This means a system where developers have to fund net increases in nature when they cause harm. Development can put significant…

National Trust reacts to PM’s comments on the future of farming

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s comments at the Royal Welsh Show today, the National Trust’s Outdoors and Natural Resources Director Patrick Begg said: “The Prime Minister’s comments today are very welcome. Sustainable and profitable farming is underpinned by a healthy natural environment, which in turn is dependent upon a farming system that is sensitive to…

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…

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…