Planners ‘lack the resources, policies and powers’ to help deliver net-zero

The government must reintroduce the requirement for all new-build homes to be zero-carbon and resources should be made available to help existing homes become carbon neutral, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

In a speech delivered today RTPI president Ian Tant said planners lacked “the resources, policies and powers” to ensure the UK meets its net-zero goals by 2050 and challenged the lack of a net-zero policy for new homes.

A zero-carbon homes policy was axed in 2015 by then business secretary Sajid Javid, without consultation, a year before the policy was supposed to be introduced.

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