Land use & planning
Why do we care?
As a charity rooted in the belief that places matter to people, we see land-use planning as a key tool in the creation of great places for people to live, work and play.
An effective planning system guides good, necessary development to the right places, making an important contribution to prosperity and growth. It ensures that poorly designed developments and those in the wrong place don’t get built. It delivers the new homes, shops and services that communities want, where they want them. And it protects the things that matter to us all; from much-loved open spaces, green fields and productive agricultural land to our historic city centres, towns and villages.
The Trust is a frequent participant in the planning system, and we recognise the importance of a fair and balanced decision-making process. We support a plan-led system as a means of providing certainty and confidence, and a way to deliver good development which meets long term needs.
Our latest news on planning
Our latest research on housing developers ‘gaming’ the planning system to get new estates built in countryside.
Our new research suggests Government planning policy puts England’s green belts at risk.
We've responded to the DECC consultation on changes to the process to find an underground site to store nuclear waste.
Our new report suggests that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is failing to give local people a genuine say in shaping the future of their communities.
New research suggesting that half of councils in England will miss the deadline for adopting a local plan has prompted the National Trust to call for local authorities to be given more time to agree plans for their area.