Max Wilkinson launches multimillion-pound climate change strategy for Cheltenham
Cheltenham Borough Council recently agreed a bold new multimillion-pound climate change strategy. The package, which secured unanimous support, includes a detailed plan to get Cheltenham to Net Zero and is backed by a climate change investment scheme and tough new planning regulations.
Max Wilkinson has been campaigning to protect our environment for over a decade, pushing Cheltenham to declare a climate emergency and securing the town’s first carbon-neutral homes. He’s now Cheltenham’s cabinet member for the climate emergency, and lead the development of the town’s ambitious new strategy.
“The climate emergency is the biggest challenge we face, but if we are going to get to net-zero we need to act fast,” said Max.
“To do that, we need a clear agenda for change, underpinned by binding policies that make getting closer to net-zero the baseline for everything we do as a council. We know we can’t do this isolation – we simply don’t have the local powers or money. That’s why we’re setting a strong agenda for change, working with other local areas, businesses and communities to achieve our goals.
“There’s a long way to go, but I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting us this far.”
The Climate Emergency Action Plan covers a broad range of environmental impacts from energy and building use to biodiversity and transport planning. The Cheltenham Green Deal is worth up to £10million and will enable investment in local climate change schemes.
A new Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document will give developers a clear guide on how to meet the new higher environmental standards being set by Cheltenham Borough Council. A consultation on this is due to start in March 2022.
“The government’s national planning legislation is simply inadequate - it doesn’t go far enough to protect our planet. Our new planning document asks developers looking to build in Cheltenham to go above and beyond the minimum standards to build a more sustainable future for our town.”