Landscapers urged to give views

Three government consultations available for landscape architects to express their ideas on.

Landscape architects are being urged by the Landscape Institute (LI) to take part in three government consultations that could help shape the future of the industry. The consultations are: the Barker Review of Land Use Planning; Planning Policy Statement — Planning and Climate Change; and Building a Greener Future — Towards Zero Carbon Development. Each could affect many aspects of the landscape architecture profession, from regulations to the type of land worked on. They propose improvements to the planning system to benefit the economy, combat climate change and help deal with globalisation. The LI is preparing responses to all three consultations now before their deadlines at the beginning of March. LI director of secretariat and policy Claire Luxton said: “We need more members to get involved in this work — it’s a vitally important way of promoting the profession, building the professional community and extending our influence. I’d be delighted to hear from members who would like to contribute their perspectives on the major policy proposals which concern us.” In the Barker Review, economist Kate Barker looks at how planning policy can help the economy. She calls on local authorities to allow more building on greenbelt land. The Planning Policy Statement asks for views on a draft statement that says planning should help shape places that emit lower carbon emissions and are resilient to climate change. Meanwhile, Building a Greener Future sets out ways to reduce the carbon footprint of new housing developments and proposes to set a target of moving to zero-carbon housing within 10 years. It aims to achieve this by improving the environmental standards of our homes and the land surrounding them.

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