Opinion: Fyson on ... the importance of long-term conservation

National Trust director-general Fiona Reynolds opened the Planning summer school last week by drawing an analogy between the work of the trust and that of the wider planning service. As a very big landowner and holder of properties in perpetuity on the public's behalf, the trust sometimes has to release land for development to make sure that its endowments are substantial enough to maintain the whole of its portfolio. Likewise planners have to stimulate social and economic benefits without threatening the long-term future of the environment.

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