The NPPF requires local plans such as this one to “Support appropriate measures to ensure the future resilience of communities and infrastructure to climate change impacts” and to set strategic polices which address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The climate change statement below sets out how the GNLP seizes the opportunities available locally to promote low carbon development and address climate change.
49Draft Autumn 2019 available here
50Local planning authorities should have regard to the following In relation to climate change policy:
- S. 19(1A) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
- National Planning Policy Framework, including Chapter 14 on climate change
- Climate Change Act 2008 and footnote 48 of NPPF
- Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004
- Planning Practice Guidance
- Duty to Co-operate section 33A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (link above)
- The monitoring obligations under s. 35 of the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (link above) and Regulation 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
52Norfolk County Council has adopted a target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 for council owned land and buildings and for travel. In addition, they will work towards carbon neutrality for the county, also by 2030.
Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council adopted their joint Environmental Policy Statement and Action Plan in July 2020. Norwich City Council are working on a new Carbon Management Plan and have adopted a vision document which commits to carbon neutrality by 2050. The GNLP will support achievement of any objectives or targets identified in adopted local strategies.