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Climate Change and Local Plans

16 December 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM / South West England / England / East of England / Online

16 December 2020 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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RTPI South West | [email protected]

This webinar forms part of our RTPI Online series and is brought to you by RTPI South West

As planners we have the opportunity to actively work to combat Climate Change. In the Planning White Paper currently out for consultation, it sets out a number of proposals which highlight the requirement for a system which can most effectively play a role in mitigating and adapting to climate change and maximising environmental benefits.

This webinar will focus on embedding climate change into local plans, the legislation around this, what current policy says and some local case studies to hear more about what is already happening.

Topics and Speakers

  • Transforming to ‘Greener’ Planning?
    A policy perspective on how the government could transform planning to address the climate emergency with particular reference to the Planning White Paper
    Isabella Krabbe, RTPI Policy

  • The legal obligation to climate proof local plans
    When planning legislation was amended in 2008, alongside the introduction of the Climate Change Act, the intention was to put tackling climate change at the heart of local planning policy.  Since then performance against this legal obligation has generally been poor, but the situation may now be improving against a backdrop of the UK’s net zero commitment and increased awareness of the climate crisis.  In this session Sam will explain what LPAs should be doing at a minimum to secure compliance with the relevant law and policy requirements.
    Sam Hunter Jones of environmental law charity Client Earth

  • How can the planning system respond to the climate emergency?
    Case Study: Devon Carbon Plan - what are the roles identified for planning, and what specific actions have these led to?
    James Shorten of TerraPermaGeo, member of the Devon Net Zero Task Force.

  • Carbon Budgeting and Local Plans
    What Bioregional have been doing to help develop an evidence base to support relevant policies on net zero carbon for Great Cambridgeshire’s local plan
    Emma Davies, Greater Cambridge


Please book your place following the online booking prompts below. You will then be sent information on how to join the webinar a week before the event. 

The webinar platform that we use is GoTo Webinar. You may want to check with your IT department whether you are able to access this. Otherwise you may want to prepare to join using a personal device. The webinar platform is suitable for smartphones/tablets if that is an option for you.