Cheltenham has a wide-ranging new package of measures to tackle climate change after a string of announcements by Liberal Democrat candidate Max Wilkinson.
The package includes a detailed plan to get Cheltenham to Net Zero and is backed by a new investment scheme worth millions of pounds and tough new planning regulations.
The news comes after Cheltenham declared a climate emergency following Max’s campaign in 2019 and following approval for the town’s first carbon neutral homes.
“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 plans and policies in place to set the agenda. We know we can’t do this isolation – we simply don’t have the local powers or money. That’s why we need to set a strong agenda for change and work with others, including other local areas, businesses and communities.
“In particular, I’m pleased that developers doing business here will be asked to go above and beyond the minimum standards set by the government’s inadequate national legislation.”
The Climate Emergency Action Plan covers everything from energy and building use, through to biodiversity and transport. 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 high standards being set by Cheltenham. A consultation on this is due to start in March 2022.
Max oversaw the development of the documents in his role as the Borough Council cabinet member for climate emergency. He added: “There’s a long way to go, but I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting us this far.”