'Climate Change' the next theme for the Community Stakeholder Forum

Uttlesford District Council's initial consultation on the new Local Plan is well underway, with the Community Stakeholder Forum set to discuss the next theme in the series - Climate Change.

Planning has a key role to play in supporting and enabling the transition to a low carbon future, and local policies can help set a positive approach to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

As part of this theme, the Forum will be exploring what the priorities are for tackling climate change through the planning process. The meeting, on 9 December, will be introduced by Sam Kennedy, Director of Environment & Climate Action at Essex County Council, and chaired by Angela Dixon of Saffron Hall.

Cllr John Evans, Uttlesford District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Local Plan, said: "This new consultation is picking up pace and is proving a useful tool to stimulate the conversation about the things that people feel are important.

"Climate change is of particular importance and is a subject that affects us all. I would therefore encourage as many people as possible to get involved and have their say at this crucial stage."

Cllr Louise Pepper, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Green Issues, and Equalities, and Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Working Group, said: "I am really pleased that the issue of climate change holds the prominent place in the Council's community engagement that it deserves, and that a member of the Working Group is on the Community Stakeholder Forum because I feel passionately about the impact development has on the environment and the future of the district.

"Uttlesford District Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and pledged to take local action to prevent a climate and ecological catastrophe through the development of its practices and policies. We want to take a proactive approach to climate change through the new local plan, and this is an opportunity to move us towards our aim of achieving net zero carbon status by 2030."

The Forum meeting starts at 7pm. Visit the local plan webpage for details on how to watch the meeting live and to submit comments.

Climate change is the third of nine topics being discussed as part of the initial local plan consultation, the process running until the spring. People can also still make comments on the first two themes - 'Where you live' and 'Character and heritage'.

The feedback will help inform the work in preparing a first draft of the new local plan. There will then be further consultation and opportunity for people to comment on the plan before it is submitted to government for inspection in late 2023.

For more information, see the website or sign up to receive the council's regular local plan e-newsletter updates - visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/keepmeposted.

26 November 2020