Planning and Climate Change, Norfolk - Panel Debate

22 February 2018 - 18:45

Join CHAIN (Climate Hope Action in Norfolk) for this fascinating public debate on local planning, and the potential impacts of climate change.

Tim O'Riordan, President of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Norfolk.
Andrew Boswell, former Norfolk County Council Green Party Councillor and Group and Opposition Leader at Norwich City Council.
Adam Harper, a specialist in energy efficiency and other sustainability issues in the construction industry.
Gail Mayhew, a planning lawyer and involved with Magdalen neighbourhood plan.

The UK has a legal obligation to meet its target of an 80% greenhouse gas emissions reduction from 1990 levels by 2050, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008. Many experts now say even greater reductions will be necessary in order to meet the Paris Agreement obligation to keep warming to below two degrees.
Local authorities certainly have a major role to play in reducing the UK’s emissions, but central government has not been clear about what exactly this role should be. Partly as a result of this lack of guidance, a 2017 report by the Town and Country Planning Association concludes, “local plans in England are not dealing with carbon dioxide emissions reduction effectively, nor are they consistently delivering the adaptation actions necessary to secure the long-term social and economic resilience of local communities.”
A consultation is ongoing to determine content for a new Greater Norwich Local Plan (more info: This will determine what kind of development happens where; notably, it proposes to allocate land for 7,200 new homes. Spatial planning can make a significant contribution to the transition to a low-carbon society as well as helping cities adapt to the threat of climate change. This is a major opportunity to shape Greater Norwich’s planning policy to better achieve those aims.
This event brings speakers from different backgrounds together to ask: how can Greater Norwich show climate leadership through its local plan?

Free - Please book in advance
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Anteros Arts Centre
11-15 Fye Bridge Street
Type:Talk or discussion
Contact: Olivia Hanks