United Kingdom to Invest 10 million to Improve Green Skills

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Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today announced a triple boost for councils tackling climate change by updating planning rules, granting nearly 10 million British Pounds to improve green skills and backing further progress by the “second wave” of eco-towns.

Three planning policies have been overhauled so that councils have the very latest targets and guidance to address climate change putting them in the driving seat of change.

Combined, the new policy statements (Climate Change, Natural Environment and Coastal Change) will give councils a “green planning rulebook” so new sustainable developments are planned and built with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and with the future climate in mind.

Proposal for the new climate change planning policy will ensure new developments are built in the right places, utilising sustainable sources of energy and encouraging the installation of electric car charging points.

“Today I am announcing a triple boost for councils to tackle climate change. Overhauled planning policies will act as a new green planning rulebook and the 10 million for councils will provide training to help deliver action on the ground. I am also pleased to announce two new areas in the eco-town ‘second wave’. Councils are making great progress and already highlighting where they can apply tough green standards in new developments. This signals real and radical momentum to change and to re-think how we design our towns and homes for the future,” said Mr. Healey.

Mr. Healey also confirmed a final policy for managing coastal change, giving new planning powers to coastal communities to help their local economy and tourist industry. After extensive consultation, all inappropriate development such as housing will continue to be banned in areas vulnerable to coastal erosion. But there will no longer be a blanket ban on temporary development that has wider economic benefits, and acceptable coastal use and could be relocated when required.


  • Mark Spowart

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