Planning for new and renewed communities has a vital role to play in dealing with climate change – by delivering renewable energy systems; ensuring that there are high levels of energy efficiency in buildings; implementing sustainable transport systems; and undertaking a whole range of resilience measures, from strategic flood defences to green infrastructure for urban cooling. Above all, planning can take the long view, addressing not just the needs of today but preparing for a changing climate, looking 50 and 100 years ahead.

This webinar will give an update on the UK’s current progress on reaching net-zero, and will explore ways to promote and facilitate ambitious renewable energy schemes in new development. It will also launch a new guide in our series ‘The Art of Building a Garden City: Garden City Standards for the 21st Century – practical guides to delivery’ which aims to help local authorities and others plan for net-zero energy or energy positive development.



10:30   Welcome and introduction

Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA


10:35   Green Homes Grant and update on energy strategy

Alok Sharma MP, Business and Energy Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [invited]


Followed by Q&A


11:00   Local Area Energy Planning

Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult


11:15   Bicester case study [invited]

Caroline Ford, Cherwell District Council


11:30   Masterplanning for net-zero energy guide

Jessie Fieth, Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA


11:40   Discussion and Q&A


12:00   End

Prices: FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members, £25+vat for TCPA Members; £45+vat for non-members.

Click here to check if you qualify for the NCG or TCPA Member rate

Please note this webinar will be broadcast using Zoom software. Please make sure you have registered on the Zoom website to receive a link to the webinar. You will find the registration link in your confirmation email.

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