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7th May 2019 – The Commission meets to discuss Climate Change

Elizabeth Wilson, Reader, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, presenting to the Commissioners.

On Tuesday 7th May the Commission met at the British Property Federation in London to discuss the planning system and tackling climate change. Simon Sturgis (Targeting Zero) presented to the Commissioners on the need to reduce carbon emissions from the development process and how this can be achieved by looking at the emissions produced during the whole life of a building, for example, not just the emissions produced whilst the building is in use but also when it is demolished as this stage often involves significant amounts of carbon being emitted.

Elizabeth Wilson (School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University) presented to the Commissioners on the role that spatial planning has in reducing carbon emissions and climate change and the need to be planning ahead and taking a longer-term view in planning. Also mentioned were the co-benefits of planning for climate change such as addressing mental and physical health, delivering green spaces and parks, and tackling food poverty and waste. She also highlighted the importance of improving building standards to encourage carbon neutrality and commented that there has been much focus on infrastructure, viability and housing numbers rather that sustainability, reducing emissions and carbon change.

Following the presentations the Commissioners then discussed the action needed to climate change proof development through planning, for example strengthening building standards to encourage carbon neutrality and taking positive action such as tree planting and creating wildlife corridors.

The Commission will meet next at British Land on 4th June to discuss Meeting housing need and land supply.

1st April 2019- Call for Evidence

The Commission’s Call For Evidence remains open, and we have extended the deadline for submissions from the 25th April to the 28th July.

25th March 2019 – Update on The Planning Commission

The Commission has now travelled to Liverpool, Sheffield, Stevenage, Nottingham, Birmingham and East Hampshire and has visited examples of place making in practice, regeneration and good development and has gathered evidence from a range of planners, developers and local people on the current problems with the planning system and what a new planning system could look like.

The Commissioners have met in London five times to discuss planning and the delivery of infrastructure, the different tiers of planning, local plan making and quality and at each of these sessions have heard evidence from leading experts in the sector. The Commissioners will be looking at finance, climate change, meeting housing need and land supply issues and also revisiting plan making from April to July.

In February the Commission established a Shadow Ministerial Team which had its first meeting, and in March the Commission’s academic panel met for the first time.

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