Wanted – your views on the future of the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has launched its second consultation on a local plan for the national park. The plan will set out policies that will shape what development can and can’t take place in our national park between 2023 and 2040. How many new homes a year should be built in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to sustain communities? Would you like new development to be ‘zero carbon’? Should planning policies support development that helps Dales farmers to intensify production? These are the main questions in this consultation, which represents the next step in the process of creating a new Local Plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Tackling climate change in Cumbria gets £2.5 million National Lottery boost

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county has been successful, it was announced today. CAfS is one of nearly 70 organisations from many walks of life in Cumbria that came together to submit the bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The award to the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership will fund a five year programme of action aiming to make Cumbria the first carbon-neutral county in the UK, in a way that benefits communities and is led by them.

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New Countryside Climate Network established


Melanie Fryer writes:

I recently learned about a new network that I thought members would find interesting.

A group of rural council leaders have launched the Countryside Climate Network to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate.  This cross-party group of 21 councils has been established by UK100, a network of local leaders that campaigns on climate change.  The 21 councils represent 14.3 million people in total, a quarter of the population (25%) and two fifths (41%) of England by area.

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Council backs Local Electricity Bill: MP non-committal

Settle Town Council agreed at its meeting on 20 July to support the Local Electricity Bill now before Parliament. The private members bill which is supported by a cross party group of 187 MPs, received an unopposed first reading in the House of Commons on 10 June and is due for its second reading on 11 September.

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