Our environment work covers a wide range of areas including climate change, energy, housing, planning and waste.

We are achieving greater devolution for local government:

  • greater local decision making in planning and housing through the Localism Bill, the National Planning Policy Framework and elsewhere
  • a sustainable model for the provision and allocation of social housing and support for vulnerable people
  • a light touch and proportionate approach to social housing regulation
  • power and flexibility for councils to make local decisions on waste
  • a fair and transparent system of self-financing for council housing.

We are helping councils tackle their challenges through:

  • the Department for Energy and Climate Change programme on improvement and self-regulation for energy and climate
  • ensuring councils seize opportunities and manage the risks arising from the changes to planning, achieved through the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) programme
  • ensuring councils are effective in flood risk management
  • supporting councils in responding to housing reforms to meet the housing needs of their communities.


The latest reports, surveys and papers on the environment and related issues.


PAS website

The Planning Advisory Service has updated its website. It's easier to sign up to the monthly newsletter and an update service will notifiy you when new documents in your area of interest are uploaded. PAS discussion forums have moved to Knowledge Hub. Please email your feedback to laura.belton@local.gov.uk