London councillors asked to ‘plan local’

Event encourages councillors to plan for low-carbon future

2 June 2011

Councillors from London were the latest to be wowed this month by the most recent in a series of events aimed at encouraging greater understanding at the political level within local authorities of the need for strategic planning for a low-carbon future.

Organised by CSE in partnership with Urban Forum, the event was a chance for councillors to learn more about different renewable technologies and how they could support their communities in developing locally owned renewable energy projects – and therefore generate local energy and income streams.

More than 30 councillors from boroughs across the city attended the event on 10 May, which took place in London’s prestigious City Hall – the modern headquarters of the Greater London Authority.

On display was the PlanLoCaL model, which allowed councillors to understand more about how the right renewable technologies work in the right places in relation to their own communities.

Attendees were given the opportunity to watch a number of the films and introduced to some of the exercises from the PlanLoCaL resource pack. There was also an inspiring presentation by Steve Connor, the head of sustainability at Phoenix Housing in Lewisham, about their plans to regenerate social housing locally and provide a community hub to their residents.

“This was a chance for councillors to learn how they could directly support and influence projects in their own vicinity,” said Rachel Coxcoon who was running the event on behalf of CSE. “Many of those taking part came away from the event inspired to take action – and a number said they would happily use the PlanLoCaL resource pack to run events in their area.”

The London event is the third co-organised by CSE and Urban Forum, and follows similar events held in Bristol and Barnsley.

Any other local authorities or organisations who would be interested in hosting a similar event should contact Rachel Coxcoon on 0117 934 1426 or email

Feedback from the event was very positive, with one attendee stating: “Very informative event... Useful materials that should (must) be disseminated and used extensively.”

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