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Local Plan Checklist

We have put together a checklist of things to consider for councils and communities involved in developing local plans. The checklist reflects the actions in the Devon Carbon Plan, rephrased as questions. 

When developing a local plan, please consider the following:

  • Does the Local Plan demonstrate how it will shape places in ways that contribute to radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as a primary planning objective?

  • Does the Local Plan allocate locations for renewable and low-carbon energy initiatives?

  • Do the policies give positive weight to renewable and low-carbon energy initiatives which have clear evidence of local community involvement and leadership?

  • Does the Local Plan expect heat networks in new development to make best use of existing heat producers?
  • Does the Local Plan require vegetation, and the necessary arrangements for maintenance, to be included within new development to aid building energy efficiency?

  • Does the Local Plan ensure new developments are designed with filtered permeability to promote sustainable travel?

  • Does the Local Plan require mobility hubs for new developments of appropriate size?

  • Does the Local Plan safeguard existing rail freight infrastructure?

  • Does the Local Plan allow for greater scope in the provision of rural land workers’ accommodation? E.g. Non-permanent accommodation provided by caravans or cabins etc. that are sited year-round but removed once they are no longer needed.

  • Does the Local Plan allocate land for horticulture near to settlements?

  • Does the Local Plan expect zero-carbon buildings in operation and set embodied carbon targets?
  • A concluding question – Is the Local Plan urgent enough to contribute to the interim target of a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels?
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