Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill – Queen’s Speech

Reacting to the announcement of Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech today Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director at the National Trust said: “It sounds like there could be some positive measures around neighbourhood planning in the new Bill, but overall we’re concerned that further reforms could create more confusion and uncertainty about…

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…

Stopping the countdown to catastrophe for world heritage

Apathy towards our world heritage poses a greater risk to it than climate change, war and conflict, bad planning or natural disasters.   Today is World Heritage Day. Established by UNESCO in 1983 this yearly celebration of the world’s built cultural heritage aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and…

How can we make our National Parks even better?

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Campaign for National Parks has launched a Big Conversation about National Parks. Chief Executive, Fiona Howie, is asking all of us to tell the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) what we think about these wonderful landscapes, but also, and importantly, what we can do to make these great places even…