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Net zero buildings policies and the new Written Ministerial Statement on local energy efficiency standards (online)

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30th January : 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

On 13 December 2023, the government issued a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) on ‘Planning – Local Energy Efficiency Standards Update.’ The WMS seeks to curtail new local plan policies that use energy-based metrics, designed to achieve emissions reductions through securing fabric efficiency standards and highly energy efficient buildings.  

The TCPA, alongside other industry leaders and local authorities, are deeply concerned about the impact of this WMS on the ability of local authorities to meet their commitments to climate mitigation and carbon emissions reductions from new development.  

This webinar is aimed at local authorities that are affected by this WMS or concerned about its impact on their plans for addressing climate change through planning policy.  

We are hosting this event to provide a series of updates on how organisations and local authorities are responding to the WMS, consider opportunities to take forward proactive approaches to achieving net zero new development, and provide time for discussion on next steps.   

Please see the agenda below:

2:00Welcome and introduction
Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Rights Community Action  
2:10The status of the WMS 
Including an update on legal action being taken against the WMS, and a reflection on the strength of the WMS and implications for local plan policy.  

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Rights Community Action  
– Clare Murray, LETI 
2:30Local authority responses 
We will hear from Lancaster City Council and the Essex County Council Climate and Planning Unit about how they are responding to the WMS. We will also hear reflections from leading consultants on net zero local plan policy on their advice to local authorities.  

Nicola Melville, Essex County Council  
Diane Neville, Lancaster City Council 
Thomas Lefevre, Etude 
3:00Next steps  
The TCPA will reflect on actions that local authorities can take in response to the WMS, and there will be time for a discussion and Q&A. 

Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA 
3:30Session close
Naomi Luhde-Thompson,  Rights Community Action 


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