Guidebook for low carbon neighbourhood planning – updated

Helping communities shape their locality

21 January 2016

Our Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning Guidebook has been updated. 

This popular publication – over 2,500 downloads to date (1 March) – explores what communities can do through neighbourhood planning to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty. 

Click here to download the updated guide.

The guide collates policy examples from neighbourhood plans in different parts of the country, covering renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, flooding and green infrastructure.

Dan Stone is one of the authors. "The guidebook also covers sources of evidence to support neighbourhood plan policies, along with non-planning activities or projects that a range of communities have pursued successfully in the past to address community priorities," he said. "We hope the updated and rationalised edition is as popular as the previous ones."

Additions to the guidebook include: 

  • Opportunities to include neighbourhood plan policies encouraging the retro-fitting of historic buildings 
  • Some tips we've picked up on community engagement & consensus building in drafting your plan.
  • Opportunities to apply energy efficiency standards for additional housing (beyond your council’s identified five-year housing supply), suggested by a Neighbourhood Plan examiner.
  • Links to a brilliant free online resource for hosting surveys, hosting your neighbourhood plan, creating shared maps and sharing experience with other groups.

We are now halfway through our two-year programme to support neighbourhood planning groups in drafting low carbon Neighbourhood Plans. If you use the guidebook to inform your neighbourhood planning activities we’d love to hear how you got on, whether it was useful and what improvements we could make.

"It's an evolving document" said Dan, "so we welcome all feedback and ideas for inclusion in the next edition." You can email your comments to