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Climate change and energy

SEA/SA CoverStrategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Appraisal (SEA/SA) (January 2018) this practice advice aims to help town planners improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SEA/SA for land use plans. It focuses on the particularly influential or problematic stages of SEA/SA, and emphasises how, when done well, it is a positive tool improving both local and neighbourhood plans, and protecting and enhancing the environment. A summary is also available.



Shale Gas CoverShale Gas Extraction: Fracking proposals and the planning system (March 2017) - advice for Planning Aid volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals. Planning Aid England and RTPI.





DeliveringCleanerAirforScotlandCoverDelivering Cleaner Air for Scotland: Development planning and development management (2017) RTPI Scotland with Environmental Protection Scotand have revised and updated the 2015 advice from Planning and Air Quality Protection UK and the Institute of Air Quality Management to make it relevant for the Scottish Planning system to ensure that air quality is adequately considered in development planning and development management in Scotland.


Ensuring place-responsive design for solar photovoltaics on buildings (September 2016) CPRE and BRE - endorsed by RTPI. A good practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers.


Future -proofing Society Front CoverFuture-Proofing Society (2014) This Planning Horizons project looks at why planners need to be at the forefront of responses to climate change and demographic change. A full paper and summary are available.




Planning Naturally: Spatial Planning with Nature in Mind: in the UK and Beyond (2013) With RSPB and CIEEM. Shows how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process, and inspires with examples of good practice. It is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, illustrated with case studies from the UK and international examples.


Planning for Climate Change: Guidance for Local Authorities (2012) Planning and Climate Change Coalition and endorsed by the RTPI. Primarily for local authorities and local enterprise partnerships who want to tackle climate change and to reap the benefits that renewable energy and effective adaptation can bring. An updated version of this publication is currently being developed.