Produced jointly with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) this guide gives politicians and planners the knowledge and confidence to tackle climate change and improve resilience. It is designed to inform the preparation of strategic and local development plans being prepared by local and combined authorities in England. Action on climate change can seem hard to achieve. But there are clear opportunities to act now, and strong legal and policy requirement do remain in place. We can also embrace new, transformative, technological opportunities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and deal with flood risk when making planning decisions. What is required in this environment is the confidence to act, and the certainty to make best use of existing policy, legislation, and technology. This is what this guide aims to provide.
The guide is aimed primarily at the local planning system in England, although the principles have wider applicability.