The governmentâ€™s net-zero strategy must align regional, national and local responsibilities, says the Royal Town Planning Institute in their latestÂ report.Â
According to the report a national investment programme is needed in order to encourage local authorities to collaborate across departments to deliver place-based climate action.
The report highlights that there are significant opportunities for joint working between planning officers and climate and sustainability colleagues, with planning playing a key role in allowing local authorities to integrate energy, transport and land-use strategies.
However, according to the researchers there continues to be a resourcing and skills gap within the planning profession that needs to be addressed to ensure that planners can play a leading role in the place-based response to the climate and ecological emergency from within local authorities.
The report identifies a number of opportunities for joint working within local authorities to better align planning and climate change including:
Richard Blyth, head of policy at the RTPI, said: â€˜The Climate Change Act does not give Local Authorities targets, duties or resources to act on climate change, however, they are expected to respond and have a dual responsibility to deliver climate action both across their own estate (assets owned by the council) and the wider local authority area.
â€˜We have called for an investment of Â£67m over four years to deliver the equivalent of 1 FTE planner to work exclusively on climate-proofing policy and development management in each local authority. All local authorities should be able to explain how their planning policy is consistent with net zero targets
â€˜2021 must be the year we â€˜build back betterâ€™, delivering a sustainable, green and inclusive recovery. As our campaign â€˜Plan the World We Needâ€™ highlights, planners and the planning profession will have a key role to play and centring climate justice within the profession is crucial.â€™
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