Fiona Howie, Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association has responded to the Prime Minister’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’.
‘The TCPA welcomes the fact that government has put climate change back on the agenda but we feel that the Prime Minister’s ‘Ten Point Plan’ falls short of tackling the challenge we face. In order to meet the scale of the challenge as set out by the science, what we need to see now is systemic change; change that must happen in the next decade. What the Prime Minister presented today is a step in the right direction, but is not a platform for delivering the scale of transformation that we need.
‘It is also vital that the government joins up its ambition to tackle the climate crisis with its planning reform agenda. The ‘Planning For The Future’ White Paper failed to make this link, both in terms of zero carbon homes and in terms of offering pathways to carbon reduction. Along with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the TCPA has published a document calling on government to ensure that rapid carbon emissions reduction is at the heart of the structures and governance of a new planning system for England.
‘With time running out to make the changes that the science demands, we encourage the Government to make more concrete commitments, including further funding, in the run up to COP26.’
About the TCPA:
The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.
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