Various members of the National Trust team write for our blog. Here’s a quick who’s who of our regular bloggers…

Richard Hebditch

Richard is the Government Affairs Director at the National Trust.

Adam Royle

Adam is a Head of Advocacy at the National Trust. He focuses on planning, infrastructure, and coastal issues, and also leads on parliamentary relations for the team. Prior to joining the Trust Adam was Government Affairs Manager at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and before that an adviser for the Welsh Liberal Democrat parliamentary team.

Marcus Gilleard

Marcus is Senior Policy Programme Manager at the National Trust.

Steve Field

Steve is HS2 Senior Stakeholder Manager for the External Affairs team at the National Trust and leads on communications for the project. Prior to this Steve spent four years in the National Trust press office working on environmental stories after spending two years as a broadcast assistant for BBC Bristol. You can follow Steve on Twitter (@StevePField)

Chloe Hampson

Chloe heads up the Fit for the Future Network, which links up practitioners from land and property owning organisations to share experience and advice on sustainability projects.

Before moving to London, Chloe worked in Bristol producing events for BIG Green Week and supporting European Green Capital campaign. She also spent a few years organising community food festivals across the South-West which championed the benefits of supporting local traders, eating seasonally and good home-cooked food.  @F4F_Network.

Louise Sampson

Louise is Advocacy Officer at the National Trust and is responsible for how we effectively communicate our advocacy work.

Before joining the Trust, Louise worked for the Government of Western Australia. There she was part of a team responsible for delivering the Royalties for Regions programme, which grant funds projects to facilitate economic and social development in regional communities across Western Australia.



3 thoughts on “Bloggers

  1. In the list of planning issues you mention the Habitats and Birds Directives, but do not refer to the important need for the revised planning framework to retain the content of Planning Policy Statement 25, which is the extremely hard-won element of the existing planning regulations that gives the Environment Agency the right to object to planning applications in areas that are at risk of flooding, or of increasing flood risk. Especially now that the Government has abandoned the compact with the insurance industry, this will be a vital constraint on the pressure for further development on floodplains. Of course, it is entirely consistent with principles of sustainable development that development on or adjacent to floodplains should be prevented as far as possible, and the necessity for restriction of development “adjacent to” floodplains is simply because climate change (coupled to the increased urbanisation likely as a result of relaxing planning regulations) will increase the flood risk on present floodplains, and extend risk laterally unless there is a steep valley side. The problem with reducing 1000 pages to 50 is that a lot of critical issues, like this one, may get overlooked, and then it will be necessary in very short order to reinvent regulations that have been removed.

  2. It seems that a substantial worry of the National Trust in connection with the urban expansion of our towns and conurbations is to do with landscape issues, particularly visual impact.

    However the NT doesn’t seem to mention landscape design other than in historical ‘garden’ design terms or seem to suggest that ‘landscape planning’ is required at all levels from locally to nationally. There is a professional organisation (The Landscape Institute) which gets slim coverage in the NT literature but potentially should be involved for professional advice.

    Can I suggest that you make available some ‘column inches’ to the practice of landscape planning and of landscape/visual impact assessment, to your members.

    I am a member of the NT and wish to thank you for the opportunity to make comments.

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