“There is a need for more new housing, and when it works well, our planning system can ensure this goes in the most appropriate locations, and that we build places people want to live in.
“This new research is concerning, because it suggests that inflexible targets mean that in some areas the local vision for development is being bypassed, with the best sites going undeveloped, whilst less suitable sites are approved. This is a problem we also identified in our 2014 report, Positive Planning. Government should ensure that local authorities are not penalised for setting ambitious targets for new housing, and keep its housing supply rules under review to ensure the Local Plan is sovereign.”
The National Trust is calling for urgent action from Government and agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure all coastal areas are ready for the enormous challenges presented by severe storms and rising sea levels.
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire. Credit Joe Cornish
The National Trust has released its 2014/15 Annual Report.
You can read about our new strategy, ‘Playing our part’, and our plans for 2015/16. There is also information on our structure, governance and management, and detailed accounts of our financial activities for 2014/15. The report will also share with you some of our achievements and conservation highlights over the year 2014/15 – across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
2014/15 was a year of great progress for the National Trust. This would not have been possible without the support of our members, donors and other supporters and the wonderful work of our staff and tens of thousands of volunteers.
The National Trust’s Fine Farm Produce Award winners will be announced at an exclusive event at Selfridges in London this evening.
This year is the 10th anniversary of these prestigious awards which recognise the very best of the conservation charity’s 1,500 tenant farmers and producers.
We go behind the scenes of the judging process with Helen Beer, deputy editor of the National Trust magazine, who gives a behind the scenes glimpse of what happens during the ‘taste test’ element of the rigorous judging process.
The National Trust’s Fine Farm Produce Awards will be held at Selfridges in London tonight
Today the National Trust is taking stock and saying a big #ThankYouThursday to everyone that has purchased a National Lottery ticket and indirectly helped us to complete some amazing projects in our gardens over the past 21 years.
In fact, across 17 garden related projects we have received an incredible £19.07 million. Continue reading →
Mr Robert Syms MP, Chair of the High Speed Rail Bill Select Committee, delivered a statement on 21st July to the effect that the Select Committee is strongly of the view that the case for a long tunnel has not been made, and that without prejudicing the arguments the Committee may hear from future petitioners the Committee believes it is unlikely that an overwhelming case will be made out for a long tunnel option through the Chilterns.
Richard Hebditch, the National Trust’s External Affairs Director responded to this announcement: “We’re disappointed that the Committee already seem to be ruling out a long tunnel under the Chilterns.
“Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have that designation because of their importance to the nation. As the nation’s biggest infrastructure project for decades, the HS2 project should have the best mitigation for its route through the AONB. In our view, that means a fully bored tunnel. We hope that the Committee will think again on this when they hear from individual petitioners in the coming months.”