Who are Climate Action Leicester and Leicestershire? We’re a group of people living in Leicester and Leicestershire who are terrified and inspired by the climate crisis and climate justice and are working together to address these issues.
Currently we’re trying to get as many responses as possible into the Local Plan consultation which will run for 12 weeks starting on the 13th Sep. The draft Leicester Local Plan defines how Leicester (and the surrounding suburbs) will develop in the next 16 years, it will also influence other cities across the country as they develop their own Local Plans. We aim to have over 400 people send in personal responses about climate change policy to this consultation in the next 12 weeks, because although the current draft of the Local Plan asks developers to think about climate change, it currently contains very little in the way of climate related requirements.
In order to support you to think about and respond to the Local Plan we have put together a series of resources (below).
Please sign our pledge to respond to the Local Plan. Hopefully the links, ideas and resources below will help you to start thinking and writing.
If you want to jump straight into writing your response, or reading the Draft Plan, our Local Plan short briefing tells you what is (and is not but needs to be) in the plan, and gives a few pointers on how you could respond. You can find a copy of the Council’s draft Local Plan here: Draft Plan and the consultation is here. You don’t have to respond using the consultation form – you can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure you say in the subject line it is a response to the Local Plan consultation, and give your postcode).
To start thinking about the issues covered by the Local Plan (and give us responses to include in Climate Action’s response to the consultation) please take our 7 minute Local Plan survey.
Two fun ways to start thinking about the issues in the Local Plan. Camilla Cancantata has written a song called ‘Dear Planners’ about the kinds of things our Local Plan could address which you can watch/listen to here. Climate Action’s events group has put together a 30 minute walk route and audio track. You could download them and go for a walk, see some ways the city is already addressing climate change, and hear about how they could be incorporated into the Local Plan. More info on the walk here.
For more detailed information on the Local Plan and what we need it to include you could:
- watch a recording of our 40 minute presentation on the Local Plan,
- come to a live online version of the presentation where you can ask questions. The next one is Sunday 25th Oct at 7pm: link here.
- read some of the policies we think should be included in the Local Plan
- or go to our Low carbon planning and housing working group page where there is more information and resources, including a series of posts about what we think should be in the plan and is worth saying in your consultation response.