Cabinet were presented with a report from the Director of Place,
which sought approval for the Non-Statutory Interim Planning Policy
Statement to be published for public consultation.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration noted
the Cabinet meeting held on 4 February 2021 the Cabinet considered
there was a need for guidance to clarify how the requirements of
the Local Plan adopted in July 2020 could be met in relation to
climate change as well as other planning policies, legislation and
more recent technical evidence. The ‘Statement’ was an
interim measure in advance of a new Local Plan (‘Plan Mid
Devon’) due to be completed, and would be used to help inform
the preparation of this new Local Plan.
’Statement’ included a Climate Emergency –
Planning Applications Checklist, which had been developed by
planning officers and the Council’s Climate and
Sustainability Specialist. The checklist was based on 6 principles
and 19 objectives relevant to mitigating, and adapting to, climate
change. Applicants were expected to have regard to the principles
and objectives in their planning applications.
‘Statement’ also introduces a ‘Net Zero Carbon
Toolkit’ which had been funded through the Local Government
Association Housing Advisers Programme.
third key part of the ‘Statement’ is a ‘Net Zero
Housing Assessment Tool’. This had been developed by officers
in association with the University of Exeter. The Net Zero Housing
Assessment Tool could be used alongside the Net Zero Carbon Toolkit
to evaluate the costs and benefits of a range of low carbon
standards for new residential developments.
’Statement’ would not have the status of a
Supplementary Planning Document. However, it will be guidance and a
resource that can help clarify how the requirements of existing
development plan policies can be met in relation to climate change,
which can assist the assessment of planning applications, and it
underlines that tackling climate change is a material
The Leader thanked the Cabinet
for their presentation and asked the Chief Executive to make a
comment on the work done with the University of Exeter, to which
the Chief Executive explained that work undertaken by the
University of Exeter was more in relation to the Council’s
own emissions and that this report considered how plans would be
considered within the planning process.
A Cabinet Member welcomed this
report and noted that this report played an important part in Mid
A Cabinet Member was positive
about this report, but raised that this was not statutory and
therefore there were no obligations for developers to follow this.
Clarification was sought as to what the costs might be to uphold
this. The Director of Place explained that the process was quite
involved and expected that there might be a degree of pushback but
climate change was relevant and this process would support
deliberations at Planning Committee and for engagement to be
The Cabinet Member added that
there was a cost to this and raised concern over public engagement
and that ...
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