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…

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…

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…