Environmental lawyers put councils on notice over climate plans

ClientEarth has warned 100 local authorities across England that if they do not introduce proper climate change plans, they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenges.

On 2 September, it announced that lawyers had written to authorities – including Broadland District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, North Norfolk District Council, Norwich City Council, South Norfolk Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council – giving them eight weeks to explain how evidence-based carbon reduction targets will be set and made central to new planning policy. ClientEarth said it had launched its campaign owed to the massive shortfall in compliant local planning policy across the UK.

Climate Lawyer, Sam Hunter Jones, said: “There is a collective failure by local authorities across England to plan adequately for climate change. Too often climate change is perceived to be just a national or international issue and therefore solely the responsibility of central government.”