This report provides guidance for tackling climate change through the planning system.

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) contains ambitious policies on climate change but on-the-ground delivery remains slow, largely because of a lack of practical advice and support to local councils on how to secure a radical reduction in carbon emissions.  

Government guidance has also been weak on adapting to climate change, particularly in relation to addressing issues such as heat waves and sea-level rises.

The guide was launched in May 2018 by Caroline Lucas MP. 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. The guide, 'Rising to the Climate Crisis: A Guide for Local Authorities on Planning for Climate Change', has been relaunched in December 2018 following the publication of the revised NPPF. 

Subsequently, the TCPA, RTPI and ClientEarth have produced a short briefing document which outlines the key overarching legislative and policy requirements for local planning authorities on climate change. This can be downloaded here