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Public invited to take part in consultation on draft 'Planning for Climate Change' supplementary planning document (SPD)

23 May 2023

We have launched a public consultation for a draft Planning for Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will guide how new developments should respond to climate change in the district area outside of the National Park.

The SPD encourages measures such as higher standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation on developments to help reduce carbon emissions. It also promotes improving both drought and flood resilience in new developments.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said, "This new planning document is a crucial step in addressing the climate and nature emergency in our district, ensuring that new development plays its part in building a sustainable and resilient future.  It will encourage the development industry to prioritise reducing carbon emissions and to design for more sustainability and climate resilient communities."

Cllr Derek Tipp, portfolio holder for planning and economy, said, "The SPD is important to ensure that new development is more sustainable and resilient to weather extremes in the future and will be used to help us make decisions on future planning applications for the construction of new homes and other development.  I encourage all stakeholders to have their say and contribute to shaping our district's future."

During the consultation period, which runs from 23 May to 4:00pm on 11 July 2023, residents, businesses, and community organisations are being invited to review the draft SPD and provide their feedback. The input received will be reviewed before finalising the document, ready for its formal adoption by the council in the autumn.

The draft Planning for Climate Change SPD and online consultation on our website.

The consultation runs from 23 May until 4:00pm on Tuesday 11 July 2023. A printed copy is available for inspection at the council offices, Apple Tree Court, Lyndhurst.

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