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Another chance to have your say on proposed climate emergency planning rules

Cornwall Council has thanked residents for giving their views on proposed new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle the climate emergency.   

Yesterday (July 22) its Cabinet gave the go-ahead to the next stage of public consultation on the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document, or DPD. 

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Formerly known as the Climate Change DPD but renamed following feedback from residents, the Climate Emergency Development DPD will outline Cornwall Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support Cornwall Council’s ambitious aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.   

Despite part of the consultation taking place during lockdown, the Council received detailed evidence, information and suggestions from experts, residents, activists and interest groups. 

Feedback will help shape the Council’s draft policies on measures to support Cornwall in becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and be published shortly. 

The next stage of public consultation runs from August 10 to September 25. 

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: There have been challenges because of COVID-19, but the depth of feeling raised by the climate emergency and the fears that were shared in responses have rightfully kept our environment at the top of the agenda.  

“Cornwall’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 needs a range of measures across the Council and amongst our communities and businesses. My colleagues in Planning have an important role to play in setting planning policies to help us reach our goal. We will lead by example, but will need other agencies, businesses, residents and visitors to help Cornwall take this step.  

Councillor Tim Dwelly, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “As we continue to develop the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document or DPD, it’s important that you tell us what you think we should do. 

“The Local Plan already includes policies that are aimed at responding to climate change, but they could do more. 

“The draft policies in the DPD address climate emergency issues affecting Cornwall, sitting alongside and adding to those in the Local Plan. The DPD will give us additional powers to help protect our environment by reducing carbon, and encouraging an eco-friendly approach to building, transport, land use and energy production. 

Climate Emergency DPD policies are being considered to support:    

Green energy –This could mean allocating areas for renewable energy, safeguarding renewable energy sources, and promoting energy storage solutions to ensure renewable power generated in Cornwall can be used here.    

Enhancing the environment – Using nature to reduce Cornwall’s carbon footprint, protecting and increasing biodiversity and planting more trees and hedges, for example through the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall programme.    

More efficient housing – Building homes with alternative, renewable energy sources, improving building standards and retrofitting Cornwall Council housing to make homes warmer and greener.   

Greener travel – Looking at ways to reduce the need to travel by designing places that encourage walking and cycling.   

Community resilience – Increasing resilience to coastal change and flooding, making sure buildings are in safe locations and creating natural flood management systems.   

Like the Local Plan, the Climate Emergency DPD would become a statutory planning document supporting and strengthening the policies that have already been adopted to protect the environment.   

All suggestions and feedback received during the consultation will be considered but not all ideas can be included in planning policy.    

After September 25 there will be more chances to comment on the Climate Emergency DPD on further consultation dates to be announced before final policies are decided and submitted to Government for inspection in 2021.  

It will then become a legal planning document like the Local Plan and will support and strengthen policies that protect the environment. 

If you would like to be added to the DPD mailing list please email: climatechangedpd@cornwall.gov.uk 

If you can’t access the internet or need a paper copy of the DPD please write to Climate Emergency DPD, New County Hall, TRURO TR1 1XU or telephone 0300 1234 151.

 

Story posted on July 23, 2020