The National Trust responds to major HS2 consultation

Today we’ve responded formally to the HS2 Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) consultation. The consultation marked a key stage for those impacted by Phase 2b, as it was the first time HS2 Ltd published detailed plans for the construction and operation of the railway. The consultation also included some details of HS2’s impact…

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…

Committee passes verdict on Agriculture Bill: our reaction

Today the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has released its report on the Scrutiny of the Agriculture Bill. Here’s an outline of our views on some of the key recommendations from the Committee. Our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, Patrick Begg, has already commented on the report, saying: “The Committee is right that, above all else,…