Climate Emergency Series 4: Zero Carbon Neighbourhood Planning – 31st Mar


Neighbourhood Planning has proved incredibly popular, with hundreds of plans already adopted, and thousands of plans currently in preparation. Government has described neighbourhood planning as “a revolution to hand power back to local communities” and a tool that will give people “the power to shape the future of their local area”.

However, the climate emergency looms large over the future of all local areas.  The changes we will all experience as a result of climate change mean that any plan made now that does not consider climate change and energy as central themes will simply not be fit for purpose.  Despite this, the overwhelming majority of neighbourhood plans already adopted simply do not consider these issues in any meaningful sense.  Neighbourhood plans will be in force for 15-20 years. If they are to successfully help communities deal with the future we will actually experience, they must move away from the narrow focus on accommodating housing that has blighted local planning in general, and move to an approach that plans for resilient, sustainable communities in a genuinely holistic sense.


The cost for webinar is:
SLCC Members – £60 + VAT
Non-Members – £70 + VAT

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31st March, 9:30am – 11:00am

Webinar duration: 1.5 hours

CSE has pioneered work in this space, running the country’s only support programme for low carbon neighbourhood plans. This webinar will cover the principles of how to put the climate emergency at the heart of plan-making, and will cover a range of resources and tools that are available to help.  For parishes that have already made a neighbourhood plan, the webinar should still prove useful, as plans will need regular review, and if their local authority has made a climate emergency declaration itself, parishes may want to look at updating their plan to provide detail at the local level in line with this.

About the Trainers

Dan Stone (MRTPI), Senior Planner

Dan is a qualified planner with 19 years of experience, including working for various local authorities and in consultancy / renewable energy development roles. He has a strong understanding of sustainable energy developments throughout the planning process, and provides specialist advice to community groups developing renewable energy projects. Dan also has a good understanding of heritage issues in energy retrofits of historic buildings, and has co-written technical advice for Historic England.

Prior to joining CSE, Dan was responsible for the majority of renewable energy planning applications in Bath and North East Somerset, as well as influencing / helping to develop planning policy guidance on renewables in green belt areas and on sustainable design and construction.

Graham McGrath, Neighbourhood Planning Officer

Graham joined CSE in 2018 to deliver low carbon and renewable energy planning policy advice and support for local and neighbourhood planning projects. He also works on wider sustainable energy research, community energy development, and social research programmes.

Prior to joining CSE, Graham worked in a consultancy role providing environmental planning and social sustainability services, including considerations relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Graham’s wider consultancy experience also focused on environmental assessment and community lead conservation projects.


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