Climate Positive Planning: Interim Policy Statement on Planning for the Climate Emergency

Closed 4 Jan 2021

Opened 23 Nov 2020


We are now consulting on 'Climate Positive Planning', an Interim Policy Statement on Planning for the Climate Emergency. The consultation will take place from Monday 23 November 2020 to Monday 4 January 2021.

The Interim Policy Statement seeks to clarify existing planning policy requirements within the Somerset West and Taunton Local Planning Authority area, with regards to planning for the climate emergency. The Statement is not in itself planning policy, and is not part of the statutory Development Plan. Instead it is an explanatory document, underlining that the Climate Emergency is a material consideration, and identifying how the requirements of development plan policy may be viewed in assessing development proposals.

The Council has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030. The planning system plays a key role in tackling the Climate Emergency in relation to both mitigation of and adaptation to the climate change that is projected to occur. The Council has begun work on a new Local Plan to 2040, however, it will be some time before the emerging new Local Plan attracts significant weight in the decision making process. In the interim, the principal purpose of this Statement is to ensure that we are applying existing adopted planning policies to the best of their effect in tackling the Climate Emergency.

Why your views matter

It is important and reasonable that the Interim Policy Statement is subject to consultation with our local communities and developers alike. Whilst the Statement does not bring in new policy (it reiterates and provides further explanation in relation to existing policy), it is important to understand the views of the development industry and our communities and for these views to be taken into account in producing the final version of the Statement.

Consultation is also being used to raise awareness of the Climate Emergency, the role of planning in tackling it, and specifically how we can do so within the confines of existing planning policy.

What happens next

Following consultation, the intention is for the final version of the Statement (taking account of comments received in the consultation) to be considered by Executive Committee and then Full Council for approval. Depending on the numbers and detail of consultation responses, the earliest that the Statement might come back to Executive would be January 2021.


  • Agents Forum

    From 11 Dec 2020 at 11:00 to 11 Dec 2020 at 14:00

    This is a regular forum used for the Local Planning Authority and developer agents to discuss relevant planning related issues.

    The Forum planned for 11th December will focus on the Interim Policy Statement amongst other issues.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • carbon neutrality
  • renewable energy
  • recycling
  • settlement tiers
  • garden town
  • rural centre
  • distribution of housing
  • site selection
  • new homes
  • affordable housing
  • gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople
  • accessible housing
  • lifetime homes
  • self-build
  • economic growth
  • economic development
  • employment land
  • town centre vitality
  • retail
  • health
  • social interaction
  • lifestyle
  • leisure
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • deprivation
  • somerset west and taunton council
  • aims and objectives
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • public realm
  • protected areas
  • waterways
  • air quality
  • rural
  • coastal
  • urban
  • new development
  • community infrastructure levy (CIL)
  • telecommunications
  • water and sewerage
  • transport