Saturday, November 3, 2007
Good for them ….
The National Trust is to put itself on a collision course with the Government over Gordon Brown’s plans to start the biggest house-building programme in 30 years. The trust is exasperated because ministers and senior civil servants appear ready to develop green fields without considering the quality of life offered to local communities by the presence of open spaces. As one of Britain’s largest landowners with 700 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of countryside, the trust has threatened to buy up greenfield land earmarked for development to stop new housing. It is also preparing to intervene in planning inquiries and challenge new developments, even if it has no direct involvement with the land under threat.