Climate change remains the greatest long-term threat to our future and the impacts are already being felt in terms of severe weather events. The planning system has a key role to play in building our resilience through a range of measures from carbon reduction to reducing the urban heat island effect.

With the forthcoming publication of the London plan, this event is designed to promote debate about whether the current planning framework is meeting the challenge. The discussion will deal with whether existing policy is sufficient to meet the climate challenge at strategic, local and building scales. It will focus on the kind of solution future planning policy will need to put in place and how policy around densification can be compatible with building climate resilience.

External experts from a wide range of partners will be joining the seminar, including representatives from the Environment Agency and Climate Just, an information and mapping tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level (www.climatejust.org.uk). Members of the Climate Just team will be giving individual demonstrations of this tool so please bring a laptop with you.

Programme

13.30   Registration and refreshments

14:00   Welcome and introduction - Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA

14:10   Introduction to the Climate Just web tool, including Q&A - Mike Peverill, Climate UK, East Midlands

14:30   Challenges and opportunities in London - Kristen Guida, London Climate Change Partnership Manager (tbc)

14:50   Model policies and tools: planning for climate change - Sam Kipling, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

15:10   Interactive group discussion - Facilitated by Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA

16.00   Workshop ends, with opportunity to trial Climate Just web tool

Who should attend? 

This free event is for local authority officers and councillors.

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