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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Creating a 'green team' to engage with communities and businesses in Basingstoke and Deane

haped through public consultation and adopted in March 2021, the Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy sets out how the council leads by example, enables and inspires change, and challenges and works with partners, businesses, communities and others to cut emissions across Basingstoke and Deane.

A case for reducing highway construction in urban extensions

How can we avoid building roads in Bradford to 'unlock' new development? When creating a masterplan and vision for urban extensions, potential for sustainable transport mode share is often squandered by the classic predict and provide process.

Action on Climate in Teignbridge: Conversations make a difference

ACT emphasise the importance of having trusted people, including local councillors, for residents to speak to.

Air Quality Data Platform in Westminster

Aligned with the Fairer Westminster Strategy, the council is committed to sharing accessible and transparent data to all residents and visitors of Westminster. In July 2023, the Westminster Air Quality Data Platform was launched, illustrating the councils’ efforts to provide crucial information for informed decision-making.

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An exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking

ENGIE is redeveloping the former 1GW coal fired power station at Rugeley, Staffordshire, as an exemplar of low carbon residential development and mixed use placemaking.

Ashford Borough Council's experience of nutrient neutrality

Ashford Council has had to hold granting planning permissions on a number of planning applications, for schemes which are caught by the issue nutrient neutrality. Around 90 per cent of site allocations in the Local Plan, and currently around 5,800 dwellings in over 170 planning applications, have been affected.

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Barnet Council's BarNET ZERO sustainability campaign

BarNET ZERO is a sustainability project launched by Barnet council with a goal to be a net zero borough by 2042.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Leeds Sustainability Institute, Leeds Beckett University: Property and People

Barnsley Council declared a climate emergency in September 2019 with targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions in its own operations by 2040 and across the wider borough by 2045. The council’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan affirms the council’s commitment to embed a carbon reduction culture across the organisation. The council has a housing new-build programme, but energy efficiency measures included in properties have varied with no standard energy specification. The council wanted to work with a “critical friend” to review the specification and Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) have carried out this role.

Bath & North East Somerset Council: Lean on partners’ campaigns

Recognising the council cannot do it alone, the communications team is amplifying its reach through committed and enthusiastic partners.

Birmingham – climate change and vulnerable communities

Birmingham's Climate Change Adaptation Partnership is putting health inequalities at the heart of its strategy. It's offering a range of tools and approaches to identify which communities will need most help to adapt to the effects of climate change.