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Summary Hearing: spatial planning, behaviour change and procurement / consumption


Please note the below information is not the final Devon Carbon Plan, but formed part of initial engagement about what should be in the Plan:

Devon’s rural nature makes it distinct from a planning and cultural point of view.

Communicate how climate change is relevant to everyone and create a detailed vision of life in net-zero carbon Devon.

We need to stimulate change in the economy towards net-zero carbon.

We have to massively reduce our consumption, but our lives can be better for it.

We don’t have time to wait for changes to the planning system – let’s go around it.

Planning must help communities to thrive in a net-zero carbon world, including small rural communities.

Participants

Co-Chairs

James Shorten

Nik Bowyer

Hannah Lawrie

Harry Bonnell

Witnesses

Gill Westcott

David Sergeant

Michael Titchford

Tony Greenham

Angie Greenham

Deborah McCann

Elizabeth Jayne Wainwright

Ian Bailey

Tim Jones

Jeremy Leggett

Key Points Summary

Key Outcomes

  • Devon’s largely rural nature makes it distinct from a planning and cultural point of view.
  • We won’t get the outcomes we need if the procedural criteria for investment, procurement and planning, and ultimately the institutional goals don’t elevate the importance of the climate and ecological emergency.
  • We need new financial products and mechanisms to stimulate change in the economy towards net-zero carbon.
  • We have to communicate clearly about how climate change is relevant to all of our everyday lives and more beyond technocratic jargon.
  • A collaboratively produced and detailed vision of life in net-zero carbon Devon is needed.
  • We have to massively reduce our consumption, but our lives can be better for it.
  • We don’t have time to use the existing processes for changing planning law, it will take too long.
  • Planning must actively enable communities to be viable in a net-zero carbon world, including small rural communities.

Key Actions

Finance

Language

Procurement

Culture

Planning

Local Economy

Behaviour Change and Consumption

Download PDF summary of the key outcomes here.

Watch the entire hearing on YouTube here.

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