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Title: Climate Change Training for Planners

East Midlands training for planners on adaptation

Policy, contexts and challenges Dr Hugh
Ellis Chief Planner Town and Country Planning
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Why will the CCRA be relevant and important in
the new planning system?
  • Potential source of high level evidence
  • Political and corporate leverage
  • As a way of managing cross border relationships

National strategies and frameworks
  • UK Low Carbon Transition Plan 2009 - UK will
    achieve 34 cut in CO2 equivalent emissions by
    2020 energy, housing etc.
  • UK Renewable Energy Strategy 2009 UK will
    supply 15 of all energy from renewable sources
    by 2020
  • Microgeneration Strategy 2011 -engage
    individuals, neighbourhoods and communities in
    becoming involved with generating local heat and
  • (Revised) Definition of Zero Carbon May 2011
    re-affirmed commitment announced in the Growth
  • Natural Environment White Paper June 2011 -
    Infrastructure resilience to climate change and
    development of green infrastructure
  • Water White Paper Dec 2011 new planning
    approval system for SuDs.

Consultation Environmental Report on the
Revocation of the East Midlands Plan
  • Policy 35 A Regional Approach to
  • Managing Flood Risk
  • The policy objective could be delivered by other
    means than through a regional strategy.
  • Flood and Water Management Act 2010 requires
    local authorities to cooperate on strategies for
    managing flood risk, and Flood Risk Regulations
    2009 require authorities and Environment Agency
    to determine flood risks and prepare risk
    management plans
  • National planning policy on flooding aims to
    ensure that flood risk is taken into account at
    all stages of the planning process, taking
    account of climate change, to avoid inappropriate
    development in areas at risk of flooding and to
    direct development away from areas of highest
    risk. (pp.61-62)

Consultation Environmental Report on the
Revocation of the East Midlands Plan
Climatic factors Revocation is unlikely to have
any significant environmental effect on climatic
factors and climate change. It is expected that
local authorities will continue to work together
across administrative boundaries to plan
development that properly minimises the impact of
the changing climate, particularly from flooding
and coastal change. In addition, the Flood Risk
Regulations 2009 imposes a duty on the
Environment Agency and lead local flood
authorities to determine whether a significant
flood risk exists in an area and if so to prepare
flood hazard maps, flood risk maps and flood risk
management plans. (pp.37-38)
What the draft NPPF says about planning and
climate change?
  • Presumption in favour of sustainable development
    (para 13 -18)
  • the answer to development and growth should
    wherever possible be yes, except where this
    would clearly conflict with other aspects of
    national policy
  • How is sustainable development defined?
  • How will it be applied in practice?
  • Core planning principles (para 19)
  • genuinely plan-led..
  • Encourage multiple benefits of land use for
    carbon storage, flood risk management and
  • Encourage the use of renewable energy

What the draft NPPF says about planning and
climate change?
  • Development viability - plan deliverability (para
    39 -43)
  • Scale of policy burdens and obligations should
    avoid putting bringing forward developments at
  • But LPAs encouraged to set local standards in the
    Local Plans
  • Duty to co-operate (para 44-47, Clause 98 of
    Localism Bill
  • Public bodies to co-operate on strategic issues,
    which include delivering on climate change
    mitigation and adaptation, energy and
    infrastructure requirements
  • Planning for places (pp. 42-45)
  • Chapter on Climate Change, Flooding and Coastal
  • Supporting the delivery of renewable energy,
    minimise vulnerability to climate change, and
    encouraging planning for green infrastructure

What the Communities and Local Government
Committee says about planning and climate change
in the draft NPPF?
  • NPPF does not achieve clarity by its brevity
  • definition of sustainable development must give
    a clear indication of what constitutes
    sustainable development
  • establish a timetable for a transition period in
    consultation with local government
  • all guidance and advice documents be reviewed by
    DCLGin consultation with local authoritiesitem
    by item

Lessons from current delivery of climate change
in planning
  • DCLG report PPS1 Supplement (2010)
  • lack of relevant skills and knowledge and low
    priority placed on climate change issues by
    planning authorities
  • Adaptation Sub-Committee 4th progress report
    (July 2011)
  • land use planning decisions are potentially
    increasing the vulnerability of some areas to
    climate impacts
  • limited evidence that local authorities were
    factoring in long-term costs when making
    decisions on the strategic location of new
    development in their Local Plan