From Ms Caroline Kay.

Sir, The interview with Greg Clark demonstrated a regrettably intemperate response to the National Trust’s legitimate concerns about the national planning policy framework.

The rhetoric of the framework – “sustainable development” (never properly defined in the document) and slashing of red tape – ignores its one-sided promotion of development in almost all contexts. In particular, the fact that the policy indicates that planning applications must be approved if the local plan is “absent, silent, indeterminate or where relevant policies are out of date” is a charter for planning lawyers and minimises the likelihood of a local authority successfully defending an appeal against refusal, especially when there will no longer be a safety net of national policy to define boundaries on possible developments small and large.

The historical environment could be as much under threat as the countryside, and this is why the Bath Preservation Trust is encouraging its members to support the National Trust petition.

Caroline Kay,

Chief Executive,

Bath Preservation Trust,

Bath, Somerset, UK

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