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The Built Environment


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:

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

Make the south west the centre of expertise for low carbon buildings.

We need to create demand to stimulate a market to develop skills and jobs in zero-carbon new build and retrofit.

New developments need to be planned holistically so that people don’t have to travel long distances for services and employment.

Participants

Co-Chairs

James Shorten

Tim Jones

Ian Hutchcroft

Witnesses

Dr Dan Lash, Centre for Energy and the Environment, University of Exeter

Alan Boldon, The Dartington Hall Trust

Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director, Exeter City Council

Louise Evans, National Energy Action

Andy Wood, Projects Director, Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

Sarah Lee, Royal Institute of British Architects

Charles Hill, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors South West Regional Board

Luke Mitchell, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Alastair Mumford, Devon County Council

Andrew England, MRTPI, Torbay Council

Key Points Summary

Key Outcomes

  • We don’t have time to wait for changes to the planning system – let’s go around it
  • We need to create demand to stimulate a market to develop skills and jobs in zero-carbon new build and retrofit
  • Make the south west the centre of expertise for low carbon buildings
  • Local people need true engagement about what they want to see in their local communities

Key Actions

Retrofit needs to happen faster and deeper, including for the fuel poor

Developments need to be planned holistically so that people don’t have to travel long distances for services and employment

Zero-carbon must be mandatory for new development

Embodied energy must be minimised

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