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Climate change: a proactive District Council

  • by JW

But it is not East Devon District Council


The Teignbridge District Council is forging ahead with updating its Local Plan to take its climate change policies into account:


New policies will require new development in Teignbridge to meet much higher standards of climate change mitigation and adaptation and have requirements for biodiversity net gain.

Councillors on Tuesday agreed to go out to consultation on the Draft Local Plan 2020-2040, which refreshes the existing climate change policies contained in the adopted Local Plan 2013-2033.

It includes a requirement that all new developments which propose the construction of new homes or non-residential floorspace are carbon neutral, while other draft policies also support the development of low carbon and renewable energy schemes, promote sustainable transport and require the provision of Electric Vehicle Charging points within new developments.

It is part of plans for the council to achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025, the meeting of Teignbridge District Council’s executive on Tuesday heard…

Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for planning, said: “This has tougher policies to fight climate change and stronger policies for nature and it tasks developers to bring forward genuinely affordable homes. This will encourage a buoyant local economy and higher standards of design.”

Coronavirus could threaten consultations on new Local Plan policies |


It contrasts somewhat with East Devon District Council’s policy which states:

“We will draw up 5 year Action Plans to address these key priorities, and progress towards them will be measured annually.”

Coronavirus could threaten consultations on new Local Plan policies |


As covered by this blog, East Devon is not exactly ambitious:

District Council commits to action plan on climate change

Climate change > councils ‘lack the power and funds to take effective action’

District Council report on climate change ‘lacks ambition’