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.


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, 775 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 & 2 

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.

 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 

If fracking were proposed today on our land, we would say no.

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

The A303 severs and blights the Stonehenge Landscape - one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe. We believe the proposed tunnel could provide an overall benefit to the World Heritage Site, providing it is located and designed 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'.