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Give your views on how planning rules can combat climate change

Residents are being asked for their views and suggestions on new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle the climate emergency. 

The Climate Change Development Plan Document, or 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

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At a meeting at Lys Kernow today (March 18) Cabinet members approved initial plans for public consultation on the new DPD to start at the end of this month.  

Due to the social distancing requirements introduced in response to the Coronavirus the Council will be consulting on the plans online and will not be holding exhibitions or face to face events at this point. Residents and other stakeholders will be able to view the proposals and to give their views by email and through webcasts. Further details on the webcasts will follow.

Climate Change 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 new Climate Change 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.  

There will be further chances to comment this year before the final policies are decided and submitted to Government for inspection next year.  

Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for culture, economy and planning, said: “Cornwall already has a Local Plan in place with a number of adopted policies that are aimed at addressing climate change.   

“The DPD that we are developing will help us to be more ambitious, it will create new policies and help strengthen existing ones that address specific issues affecting Cornwall.  The legislation that supports the DPD will give additional powers to help protect our environment. 

“The DPD is at an early scoping stage and while evidence is being gathered from experts and stakeholders on a wide range of themes from building to natural climate solutions, it’s important that you tell us what you think. 

“At the end of March we will start an initial period of consultation, when we’ll ask for your thoughts around the issues you believe we should concentrate on and your suggestions on how to address the major causes of climate change.” 

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s cabinet member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 needs a combined effort and no single measure will provide the solutions we need.  

“As part of a range of measures we are looking at to address the climate emergency, my colleagues in planning have a major part to play.” 

To give views on the Climate Change DPD or for further information visit Cornwall Council’s website or email climatechange.dpd@cornwall.gov.uk 

 

Story posted March 18, 2020