“The Council is already using greener planning principles with the proposed energy-efficient low-carbon homes’ development at Carhampton and the use of alternative technologies in the new office build in Williton. However, there is more that we can and will do when considering the sustainability of future developments, and their impact on the environment.”
The Nottingham Declaration is a voluntary pledge, which will see the council working with partners such as Forum 21 and the West Somerset Strategic Partnership and other organisations to:
Establish baselines for the activities relating to climate change to assist in highlighting opportunities and targets for action.
Develop aims and objectives that will be subject to regular review
Produce targets with SMART actions
Produce a draft strategy to encompass all of these items for consideration by policy development.
Cllr Ross added, “West Somerset has a lengthy coastline which already has areas identified as a flood risk, and we must be ready to avert potential problems where possible. By signing the Nottingham Declaration, we are committing to looking after our environment and communities not just for this generation, but for future generations, too.