We present this document as a ‘Green Paper’ to stimulate consultation and debate by the public sector and industry. The purpose of the paper is to consider how, in the context of an uncertain national policy landscape, local authorities can work with industry to raise sustainability standards in new build homes.

The paper challenges the widespread perception that little or nothing can be done by local authorities in the current political climate. Working with progressive developers, it highlights how local government can play a leadership role in delivering sustainability in the built environment. It also explores the potential for cities to take new powers to address sustainability in the built environment through their devolution deals.

The paper considers:

  • what city, combined and local authorities can do to raise standards using their current planning powers;
  • how they can proactively use their role as landowners; and
  • how they could engage with the devolution agenda.

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