Our planning principles

View from an elevated viewpoint of the meadows and Fairhaven Lodges at Runnymede, Surrey
Our planning principles are used to guide us in our decision-making on the way land is developed and managed National Trust Images / John Millar

These principles are used to guide us in our decision making about land use and planning.

Seeking to influence

We will seek to influence the Planning system at local, regional and national levels in accordance with our statutory purpose and will promote an integrated approach to sustainable development.

Supporting spatial planning

We will support spatial planning which takes a holistic approach to the environment and its resources, plans long-term, looks at the landscape, catchment or coastal ‘cell’ scale and takes into account climate change implications.

Sensible management

We will promote the wise management of the natural environment and built and cultural heritage, for our and future generations, and will support high design quality.

Protecting our environment

We will seek to protect wild and remote landscapes from built development or urbanisation, especially where it impacts on our properties.

Using property management plans

In managing its land through property management plans, we will support and help to achieve the objectives of any designated landscape, wildlife, or historic sites and arenas.

Objecting to proposals, where appropriate

We will object to land use or marine-based proposals that have a significant adverse impact on its properties and their settings and context, or in its wider interests.

Using a sustainable construction approach

When proposing development on our land to meet justified needs, we will use a sustainable construction approach. This will include:
  • Minimising resource use and generation of waste
  • Being energy efficient
  • Minimising or preventing all types of pollution and risk of flooding
  • Safeguarding important wildlife, landscape and historic interests
  • Respecting local/regional distinctiveness, supporting local sources for goods and services where practical
  • Encouraging community involvement and access