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The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

A growing number of councils are setting pioneering low-carbon planning policies. We highlight three local authority planners whose authorities are pushing the envelope

How councils can ensure a new duty on developers delivers a genuine boost for biodiversity

How councils can ensure a new duty on developers delivers a genuine boost for biodiversity

By 2023, new development will be legally required to boost biodiversity. The government says this is the ‘gold standard’ of nature protection but Wiltshire Council says developers’ conservation plans can be ‘complete garbage’. How can genuine gains be ensured?

Change will follow the money at COP26, by Graeme Bell

Change will follow the money at COP26, by Graeme Bell

COP26 shows us that we need financial carrots to achieve net zero, and the money must help communities hardest hit by climate change.

Planners must nurture COP26's green shoots of technological innovation, by Graeme Bell

Planners must nurture COP26's green shoots of technological innovation, by Graeme Bell

Despite the naysayers, the forthcoming UN climate change conference will provide the chance to showcase the green initiatives such as carbon capture and storage that planners will have to embrace if they are to make a difference in tackling climate change.

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