Published: 3rd Sep 2019

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has written to over 100 local authorities across England, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce ‘proper’ climate change plans. The letter has been sent to every council that is currently developing a new local plan, giving them eight weeks to explain how they will set evidence-based carbon reduction targets and ensure these targets are then central to their new planning policy. These duties include setting targets and policies based on the local potential to reduce emissions, and that are at least in line with the UK’s Climate Change Act. ClientEarth says that for carbon targets to be ‘meaningful’, they need to be incorporated into local planning policy as a core objective against which all other policies and decisions will be tested. They also say local planning authorities also need to monitor performance against local … (To read the full article, subscribe below)