National Trust response to the Prime Minister’s speech on planning

Today the Prime Minister outlined the Government’s plans to tackle the housing crisis, and launched consultations on proposed changes to the planning system. In response, Richard Hebditch, Government Affairs Director, said: “The Prime Minister’s speech shows that the Government recognise what people really want from a planning system – a measured process that delivers more…

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…

Politics of planning

At the National Trust’s AGM on Saturday, our outgoing Chairman Sir Simon Jenkins – as he bids farewell to members – will give his views on the current state of the planning system. His thoughts have also been reported this week in the Telegraph, Guardian, and Daily Express. Sir Simon comments on the positions of different political…