POS was pleased to cohost, with the LGG, on 3rd June a "land use planning and adaptation" workshop for the Government's Committee on Climate Change.
The workshop, held at LGA House, gave representatives from local authorities, the Environement Agency, DCLG, DEFRA and others the opportunity to hear first hand the initial findings of the Arups' study into preparedeness and activities of a sample of local authorities in dealing with climate change. Arups, commissioned by the CCC, were tasked with analysing major planning aplications in 2001 and 2011 and measures included in LDFs in a selected number of authorities.
John Silvester, who represented the LGG and POS on the project sounding board, said "the findings are critical for LPAs in facing up to the challenge of responding to climate change. From first sight of the draft new NPPF it is doubtful that it will prove to be fully effective on this matter." The Society would like to see clear guidance made avaialable on good practice in responding to climate change.
The Arups report will be considered by the CCC this week and used by the CC to report to Ministers in July.