VIEWS are being sought on proposals to ensure planning applications meet efforts to achieve climate change goals in the district.
Stratford District Council (SDC) has launched a six-week public consultation on a document known as Draft Part V (Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation).
It provides detailed guidance to applicants submitting plans to ensure new development, and extensions to existing properties, meets requirements to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 – a commitment made when SDC declared a climate emergency in summer.
The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will advise alongside the Core Strategy which shapes future development in the district until 2031.
Deputy SDC leader Coun Daren Pemberton said: “This consultation relates to how we will use our current Core Strategy to achieve our climate change emergency goals. This document will pay a pivotal part in achieving our climate strategy. It is the key tool in this Core Strategy to ensure our residents desire to address climate change is addressed.
“I welcome the council’s proactive approach to climate change through this SPD which sets out a range of detailed advice and guidance for applicants that addresses the council’s climate change emergency goals, as declared in July 2019. It is important that the public has the opportunity to inform the SPD and we welcome comments on its content and approach. I hope that it will be adopted and that, when adopted, it will underpin this authority’s intention to create a carbon neutral district by 2030.”
The consultation runs until Friday February 21.
Residents can view the document and have their say by visiting www.stratford.gov.uk/climatechangespd. It can also be viewed at the district council HQ at Elizabeth House or in libraries across the district.
The council is also hosting a drop-in day at its HQ, on February 4 from 3pm to 7pm, when officers will answer questions and provide more information.