Climate action: planning and housing

How can we act on the need to adapt existing properties and estates to address the impacts of climate change – and to plan for new housing stock which is resilient to these impacts?

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Case studies

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area. Below are examples of innovative case studies and ongoing projects from councils in specific areas. 

If you have a case study or piece of notable practice which you'd like to share with us, please fill out a case study template and submit it via email to climate@local.gov.uk, or simply email us with a few lines about what you’re up to. 


Notable practice 

London Borough of Hounslow

Region Greater London

Target declared a climate emergency

Project Commitment to reviewing the existing arrangements in place to reduce the council's carbon footprint and will identify measures towards a goal of making the councils activities carbon neutral and ultimately zero carbon within the shortest achievable time frame

Carbon saving net zero from council estates by 2030 and influence emissions reduction borough wide

Further information is available.

Cheshire West and Chester

Region North West

Project Established party Climate Emergency Taskforce to own this issue long term. Established Climate Advisory Panel with representatives from industry/ag/housing/transport etc to inform policy commission, chaired by Chief Executive. Developing action plan for council to be carbon neutral in its own ops by 2030 and Climate Emergency Response plan for borough to be carbon neutral by 2045. Plan to be published December 2020. Council wide actions underway to reduce emissions in own ops.

Related costs £300k per annum ongoing revenue, £7.5 million capital over four years, to support carbon neutral Council ambitions

Further information is available.


Resources from elsewhere

TCPA and RTPI - Rising to the Climate Crisis (2018)

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and RTPI have prepared a guide to help planners and politicians tackle issues around climate change and improve the preparation of development plans for local authorities. Within this report, there are local planning approaches that cover setting objectives, gathering evidence for planning and local planning approaches for adaptation and mitigation.

RTPI - Smart Energy (2019)

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have carried out research on planning’s potential to support the delivery of smart, clean energy and produced a report mainly for policy makers, decision makers and practitioners in planning as well as others working in built environment. The report provides the findings and its impact on planners, central government and local planning authorities. 

Woodland Trust

 - A report on the importance of including trees as part of housing development

- This planners' manual gives local authority planners all the information they need on the importance of ancient woodland and ancient/veteran trees.