As the effects of climate change become better recognised, more attention is being focused towards the issue of food impacts on climate change. This briefing will make recommendations on the ways in which local governments can address issues of health and climate change through diet.
The UK government plans to improve mobile coverage in the countryside include proposals to “simplify planning rules” which some say will lead to the English countryside “being dotted with gigantic phone masts as high as Nelson’s Column” – but is this true?
In this briefing we draw on the international experiences with Open Streets across the globe to ask what Open Streets can do in UK towns and cities, and how.
The government has changed part of the National Planning Policy Framework relating to fracking following a defeat in the courts. This briefing outlines the implications of this change for planners and other local government professionals of this ruling.
How do local areas reconcile environmental needs with the industrial, commercial and residential development envisaged in Local Industrial Strategies? How do predominately rural areas pursue a modern industrial strategy? And how do mostly urban areas meet the government’s environmental expectations?
Charge! Latest planning shake-up to see electric car chargepoints become compulsory in new buildings
What changes to current building regulations does this consultation propose, and how far will the changes contribute towards meeting the target of the UK achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050?
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Report: Energy efficiency: building towards net zero
This briefing deals with a report published by the Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Select Committee (the BEIS Committee) on the UK Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings. It covers policy in England and the Devolved Administrations.
This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.
What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.
The UK Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the government should legislate for a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Is this target feasible, what would need to be done to achieve it, and what is the role of local government?