Our views on planning and infrastructure

Sunset view over countryside surrounding a National Trust site in June

Planning can affect the nation’s heritage in many ways and we engage in the planning process to ensure that special places are maintained for ever, for everyone.


Bath Skyline, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Somerset

Planning reform consultation, our response 

We responded to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s recent consultation on housing delivery and public service infrastructure. The Trust believes that the scale and pace of planning reform in England is increasingly becoming a cause for real concern.

Walking in Box Hill, Surrey

Planning for the Future, our response to the Government White Paper 

We responded to the Government's Planning for the Future White Paper consultation. As the UK’s largest private landowner and a conservation charity, we have a long history of championing the fundamental importance of the planning system for conservation and for creating places that benefit communities.

View from the Wilderness Walk

Current planning system changes, our response 

We responded to the Government’s recent consultation on the existing planning system.

Vision for the northern gateway area of Manchester - Collyhurst Park

New research shows the need for urban green space 

A report we've commissioned has shown that the huge surge in people’s use of green spaces during coronavirus reveals an inequality of access to nature in many neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Sticklebarn and The Langdales

Land use and planning 

We get involved in the planning system to help protect our land and to ensure all land is used for the greatest long-term benefit.

View towards the Menai Strait, Gwynedd, North Wales

Planning at a national level 

We look after a quarter of a million hectares of land, 780 miles of coastline, and thousands of archaeological monuments and historic buildings.

An aerial view of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire ©National Trust Images/John Miller

High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) Phase 1, 2A & 2B 

We’re working to ensure that special places, including those in our care for the nation to enjoy, receive adequate protection from the HS2 railway that is planned to connect London, Birmingham, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester.

Walkers enjoy the stunning views of Wasdale, Lake District National Park

Designated landscapes review 

We've responded to the Government's review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

View of Stroud from Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

Tackling the housing crisis 

What does Government’s proposed changes to planning policy mean for us?

 Path through woodland at Ebworth with Ramsons (Wild garlic) carpeting the ground on either side of the path, near Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Our view on fracking 

We have a presumption against fracking on our land because natural gas is a fossil gas.

Aerial view of houses

Leasehold enfranchisement consultation response 

Read our response to the Law Commission's consultation on leasehold.

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

The surface A303 divides the Stonehenge World Heritage Site - one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe. We believe the proposed road improvement could provide an overall benefit to the whole World Heritage Site, providing it is well designed and delivered with the utmost care.

Success story: making a difference
Track towards Black Down, from Hindhead Common, Surrey

Returning Hindhead Commons to nature 

Following completion of a new tunnel to bypass a notorious traffic bottle neck in the Surrey village of Hindhead, the old A3 has officially been 'returned to nature'.