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Climate change and energy

Renewable Energy Practice Advice 2018CoverRenewable Energy Practice Advice (May 2018)

This advice demonstrates planning's role in delivering renewable energy in the new low carbon economy. Through examples like Wales's first large-scale battery storage scheme, Siemens offshore turbine manufacturing plant in Hull and Scotland's marine plan, the note shows that at a strategic and local level, planning is vital in identifying suitable developments, empowering key stakeholders, and enabling local communities to deliver affordable renewable energy networks.


Planning For Climate Change - TCPA 2018 - CoverPlanning for Climate Change: A Guide for Local Authorities (May 2018)

This report, jointly produced with the Town and Country Planning Association, provides guidance to local planners and politicians in England on how to tackle climate change and improve resilience. It provides best practice case studies and comprehensive summary of key climate change legislation and current policy.

This is a 'living' document and will be updated following the final publication of the draft NPPF.



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.