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Climate Change Coalition launches first guidance for new planning framework

Wedensday 25th April 2012

TCPA and Friends of the Earth joint press release

The first sector-led environmental planning guidance of its kind since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) took effect last month is being launched in Parliament today (Wednesday 25th April 2012) by the Planning and Climate Change Coalition. The Coalition represents over 35 cross-sector organisations and is led by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Friends of the Earth.

The Government’s far-ranging planning system reforms, through the Localism Act and the NPPF signal a major shift of responsibility to local authority and community levels in England.

Planning for climate change – guidance for local authorities is designed to respond to this agenda and is aimed primarily at local authorities, private sector practitioners, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Nature Partnerships who want both to tackle climate change and to reap the positive economic benefits that solutions such as renewable energy, sustainable transport and building flood resilience can bring.

 Hugh Ellis, TCPA Chief Planner, said:

“With the radical shift in power to the local level, councils and communities will have both the responsibility and the opportunity to deal with climate change. We hope that by choosing to adopt this guidance local authorities cannot only improve the resilience of their communities, but seize the opportunities it provides for economic growth, for example through decentralised energy projects. This guidance is designed explicitly to complement the new National Planning Policy Framework and the grain of Government policy. As a nation we must get to grips with the challenge of climate change and local authorities have a crucial role to play.”

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Planning Campaigner at Friends of the Earth said:

“The new planning system needs to help our nation develop clean home-grown sources of power from the wind, sun and water and wean ourselves off increasingly expensive fossil fuels.”

“We hope this new guide will encourage local authorities, businesses and communities to plug into clean British energy – with more Government support to help make this happen.”

The guidance updates the Planning and Climate Change Coalition guide published in 2010 which itself was based on the draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) on climate and energy, Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate, published in March 2010.

The guidance has been developed to reflect the Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) through cross-sector dialogue, using the wide-ranging expertise of the Planning and Climate Change Coalition.

The Guide is divided into two parts; Part 1 sets the context on climate change, Part 2 offers a set of principles and good practice guidance which local authorities and communities may find helpful in preparing their plans and implementing them through development management.

The Coalition is grateful for all the support and contributions it has received and in particular to Climate UK, for making this guide possible.

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