UKGBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Julie Hirigoyen, said: 

“In the climate crisis, it is unfathomable not to see net zero as a centrepiece of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. Today’s Bill could have reset how the planning system ensures sustainable development becomes the norm through design and local planning requirements, but we merely got a small step in that direction. As the Bill goes through Parliament, we want to see amendments that will deliver a truly sustainable planning system, where it acts as the fulcrum to align planning with our legally binding climate targets and net zero pathway.   

Critically, planning reform must also tackle the current inconsistencies with how environmental impact is considered within local planning applications, letting us unlock largescale green investment.” 

Learn more about the Government’s Levelling Up Bill here.

Read UKGBC’s Deep Dive on Levelling Up here.