Councils sideline climate change in favour of house-building

Local authorities have prioritised housing in their local plans over consideration of the long-term effects of climate change, a study has found

The TCPA study highlights huge problems with current local plan policy. Photograph: Brizmaker/123RFThe long-term effects of climate change are being pushed aside by councils for housing quotas, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has discovered.

The study, published on 30 November, draws on a sample of 64 local planning authorities showing how 70% of new local plans have no carbon reduction targets or any method of forecasting improvements.

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