Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme


The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is running a neighbourhood planning support programme, to help individuals and communities to get involved in the shaping of their local neighbourhood plans.

Enabling and stimulating communities to consider how national sustainable energy goals – from renewable energy development to energy saving and affordable warmth – should be reflected in plans for their localities is one of the great challenges for policy makers and energy practitioners. Unless they are engaged in meaningful conversations about what changes are needed locally and how they can be involved, people are likely to say ‘no’ to changes they don’t understand to meet needs they don’t recognise for benefits they don’t value.

CSE's work in this area includes publication of a guide which explores what communities can do, through neighbourhood planning, to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty. It's an update to the PlanLoCaL Localism resources we developed a couple of years ago. The guide collates policy examples from different neighbourhood plans, covering renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, flooding and green infrastructure. It also covers sources of evidence to support neighbourhood plan policies, and non-planning activities or projects that different communities have pursued to address community priorities.

Download the Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning Guidebook:
Link to the PlanLoCaL Localism resources:
See a short animation introducing low carbon localism:
View more resources about understanding and influencing the planning system:

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