TCPA publications

Report: Planning for climate change - December 2018

Produced in collaboration with the RTPI, this publication offers guidance for Local Authorities on planning for climate change. It provides an overview of policy and legislation which can be used to address climate change at a local level, overcoming the barriers faced by many local authorities in England.

Briefing: Planning for climate change, law and policy - September 2019

Local planning authorities in England are required to take strong, outcome-focused action on climate change, but delivery on the ground remains slow. This briefing outlines the key overarching legislative and policy requirements, with some aspects also applying in other parts of the UK and EU.

Report: Planning for the climate challenge - November 2016

This study found that local plans in England are not dealing with carbon dioxide emissions reduction effectively, nor are they consistently delivering the adaptation actions necessary to secure the long-term social and economic resilience of local communities.

Thinkpiece: Resilience development corporations - February 2020

Radically Rethinking our Planning System - The Case for Resilience Development Corporations; the TCPA has put forward a solution to the complex challenge of building resilience to the effects of our changing climate. The core of this solution lies in the creation of a structure, in the form of Resilience Development Corporations, that can provide a strong planning delivery mechanism for building resilience in the places that will be worse affected.

TCPA blogs

The climate implications of COVID-19 – short-term standstill, long-term change? - Jessica Fieth

While the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a crisis, we are still in the throes of another - the climate crisis.  Climate change is already impacting communities across the UK and reality is really setting in that over the next 50 years, during many of our life times, there will be even more devastating consequences.

Loss of skills and power: is local government critically unprepared for the climate crisis? - Jessica Fieth

Just 12% of local authorities strongly agree that they have the skills and expertise to take account of flood risk now and in the future in planning decisions. This is just one of the stark statistics to come out of the TCPA’s recent survey of 65 local authorities in the UK. Spatial planning plays a central role in building community resilience to problems such as extreme heat or flood risk and the survey was designed to assess the degree to which local authorities are incorporating the future impacts of climate change into their planning processes.