Uttlesford adopts newclimate change planning policies

Having declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019, Uttlesford District Council is pressing ahead with practical measures to tackle climate change issues locally.

As part of this commitment, councillors have approved a series of interim policies to show how new developments in the district should take on board measures to address climate change. This includes encouraging greater use of renewable energy, the provision of adequate mitigation against flood risk, and increasing the number of trees in Uttlesford.  

Cllr Louise Pepper, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Green Issues, said: "We have worked closely with Essex County Council's Climate Change Commission and I am delighted to be able to say that the county council has endorsed these interim policies. This will give developers the clear guidance they need to meet the council's expectations in planning for the district in making sure that they provide climate friendly proposals in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

"While these policies are not legally binding planning policies at present, they do make it clear what the council expects to see in all new developments moving forward. They will, however, be taken forward as part of the new Local Plan to make them legally binding when the plan is adopted."

In addition to the interim climate change planning policies, councillors will this evening (23 February) debate a new strategy that sets out how the council will address local climate change issues over the coming decade. The 'Uttlesford Climate Crisis Strategy 2021-2033' includes a key set of themes and priorities. Councillors will also consider the allocation of £1million to support climate change projects over the next three years.

The strategy document can be viewed in the Full Council meeting agenda papers.

23 February 2021