Civic Society blasts council plan for “ignoring climate change”

December 8, 2010 No Comments »
Civic Society blasts council plan for “ignoring climate change”

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A charity committed to improving Cardiff’s natural and built environment has criticised a part of the council’s new local development plan.

Cardiff Civic Society claim the ‘Draft Sustainability and Environmental Impact Assessment’ fails to properly address the effect of climate change on the city’s future.

The fresh criticism comes after campaigners accused the council’s consultation on the new LDP as “non-existent” when only 100 people turned up to debate it at a series of meetings.

Chairman of the society, Peter Cox, says: “Given that the document itself states that ‘climate change is probably the greatest long-term  challenge facing the human race, and is a serious and urgent issue’, the council fails to outline in any tangible way how it will tackle this issue.

“Vague statements about promoting, helping, supporting and  encouraging must be replaced by positive and action oriented words like providing,  ensuring and delivering.

“Consequently, there is not enough evidence on which to base protective measures like flood protection schemes in the event of water levels increasing and the anticipated risk is understated.”

The new local development plan is being written to explain how Cardiff will expand and develop in the next 20 years.

The previous local development plan was thrown out by Assembly planning inspectors due to doubts over its “soundness” and fears the council hadn’t properly considered flooding risks.

A Cardiff Council spokesman said: “The Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA / SEA) assesses the sustainability performance and impacts of the LDP.

“This is not a policy document and it is for the LDP to set out how it intends to tackle climate change. The job of the SA / SEA is to assess proposed policies and make suggestions for improvement where this is required.

“These suggestions and changes to the LDP will then be made public. The consultation on the SA / SEA Scoping Report closed yesterday and all responses received, including those made by the Cardiff Civic Society, will be carefully considered with amendments being made where considered necessary.

“It would be premature to comment on specific observations received at this time but a response to all representations will be included in the report which will go before Council in the New Year.”

You can download and read the Civic Society’s full response here.

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