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Bristol Heat Network Local Development Order entered by Mott MacDonald in collaboration with Bristol City Council

Mott MacDonald provided expert planning support and led the delivery of the LDO, granting planning permission for city-wide heat network infrastructure within Bristol. This LDO provides for an efficient delivery of the energy network supporting Bristol meeting sustainability and climate crisis goals, as well as ensuring equitable access to affordable energy for all.

The LDO was created in response to BCC declaring a climate emergency in 2018 and pledging to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, recognising that heat networks are a key tool to use if the UK is to be successful in achieving Net Zero by 2050.

Image: Phasing plan showing where the BHN will be expanded and developed across Bristol 


Climate Emergency DPD entered by Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council's Climate Emergency DPD pushes at the boundaries of how planning can deliver for a sustainable future. It recognises and enables the multiplicity of actions required to create sustainable places. The DPD comprehensively drives a sustainable future for our towns, villages and other rural areas, reduces the need to travel, promotes renewable energy infrastructure, boosts active and low carbon travel, addresses coastal change and provides a framework for communities to create strategies that make their localities resilient to climate change. The energy standards for new homes are at the vanguard of net zero progress, whilst also tackling fuel poverty.



Launceston Safer, Greener Streets
entered by Launceston Town Council, Launceston Town Plan Group and McGregor Coxall

McGregor Coxall supported Launceston Town Council and Launceston Town Plan Group to deliver the Safer, Greener Streets project.

A multidisciplinary team, led by McGregor Coxall in partnership with Launceston Town Plan Group, produced an innovative design strategy and plan for town centre investment, leading the path for town renewal and vitality. Development work advanced plans to improve the economic, social, and environmental revitalisation of Launceston.

McGregor Coxall employed their Place Vitality Criteria analysis and strategy approach, a holistic and systematic place making process, followed by the development of identified Priority Project designs and Street Typologies

Image: Launceston: Safer Greener Streets Design Report. 

Local Plan Partial Update entered by Bath and North East Somerset Council

The Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU) updated the Council’s Development Plan. Preparation of the LPPU was undertaken swiftly and smoothly, whilst also involving communities/other stakeholders in the unusual times of the pandemic, and ensuring cross-party political support throughout the process.

New sites were allocated for housing through the plan to address the expected shortfall at the end of the plan period. Employment land allocations were reviewed.

The LPPU enabled the introduction of ground-breaking policies on climate change to address the Council’s climate emergency and an early introduction of the Biodiversity Net Gain requirement.


The City Centre Development and Delivery Plan (the DDP) entered by Bristol City Council

The City Centre Development and Delivery Plan (DDP) sets the vision and principles for the regeneration of Bristol city centre. The DDP considers what needs to happen to ensure Bristol’s city centre is an inclusive, sustainable, and reconnected place for everybody. It looks at how we can ensure the city centre is a place of diverse retail, with vibrant cultural facilities and a thriving evening economy, whilst at the same time being somewhere people can call home.

The DDP builds upon aspirations established in the City Centre Framework, adopted in July 2020, and brings together existing strategies, emerging planning policy/planning applications and robust community and stakeholder engagement. The DDP has been designed to stand the test of time and respond to changes in economic, property and funding environments.

Image credit: Bristol City Council