Derbyshire communities can use online resource to plan for climate change

Planning for Climate Change is an online resource that has been launched for communities across the East Midlands and beyond to plan for and make informed decisions towards renewable energy and carbon reduction measures.

Funded by Climate East Midlands (CEM), and developed by Groundwork East Midlands, planningforclimatechange.org.uk will feature invaluable information for communities that are planning for and implementing a wide range of sustainable solutions to mitigate against and adapt to climate change.

Regular news updates will keep people informed about new policy and legislation, and new renewable technologies – all to ensure that communities can Plan for Climate Change in the most effective way. Information and guidance will be provided on the planning process in England, on how to support or object to planning applications and also on community led planning.

Mike Peverill, Climate East Midlands Coordinator said: “This great new web resource will help the East Midlands ‘climate friendly communities’ to understand how the planning system works and to more easily engage in the planning process. This could mean submitting their own planning applications, commenting on other planning applications or responding to council planning consultations or examinations in public.

Planning will become increasingly important as every new building will eventually need to be carbon neutral and generate at least some of its own energy on site. Existing buildings will also need to be adapted to the current and future climate and be resilient to extreme weather and use resources like water ever more carefully.”

planningforclimatechange.org.uk will act as an information hub for the entire region, with case studies on renewable energy, climate resilience and adaptation from the East Midlands, across the UK and worldwide – complete with a large range of external links and tools to provide communities with every bit of help possible. Tailored advice will also be provided on Wind Power, Hydro Power, Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Anaerobic Digestion, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Green Roofs, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Drainage Systems and much more.

For more information, please visit planningforclimatechange.org.uk, follow us on Twitter @plan4climate and feel free to comment in our news section.