Two thirds of councils in the UK ‘don’t consider climate change in planning decisions’

Although over 60% of councils have declared climate emergencies, they have a critical shortage of skills in relation to planning for climate change, according to a new report

Only a third of local authorities in the UK are seriously considering the impacts of climate change when deciding whether to grant planning permission.

That's one of the findings of a recent report by the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA), which shows that despite over 60% of councils declaring climate emergencies, local authorities have a critical shortage of skills and expertise in relation to planning for climate change.

The survey of 65 local authorities in the UK also reveals just 12% of local authorities strongly agree that they have the skills and expertise to take account of flood risk now and in the future in planning decisions.

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