Climate emergency planning policy and guidance


Thank you for all of your comments, the consultation event has now ended. We are currently in the process of reviewing them and will be updating this page in due course.

Climate change is a significant issue that requires urgent action. In response to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies declared by Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon Councils, we are introducing a new planning policy and guidance document.

The Climate Emergency Planning Policy and Guidance document sets out exactly what all new development should do to make sure that it can adapt to the challenges of climate change. This document is for anyone submitting a planning application, whether it is for an extension to their home, new employment development or new homes.

This document is ambitious. It sets out ways to ensure that all new development is fit for the future, by including solar panels, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging facilities as standard. It sets out measures that will mean development is better able to cope with the challenges of climate change to avoid overheating and flooding and bring health and wellbeing benefits.

PDF icon Plymouth and South West Devon Climate Emergency Planning Policy and Guidance

PDF icon Factsheet1: Mitigation requirements for householders - extensions, conversions and change of use

PDF icon Factsheet 2: Mitigation requirements for new build - housing, commercial, other

PDF icon Factsheet 3: Adaptation requirements for all new development


An overview of the measures proposed is set out in the video below: