The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead declared a climate emergency in June 2020 setting out the council’s intention to implement national policy and ensure net-zero carbon emissions are achieved by no later than 2050.
In December 2020 the Environment and Climate Strategy was adopted which sets out how the borough will address the climate emergency across four key themes (Circular Economy, Energy, Natural Environment and Transport). The strategy sets a trajectory which seeks to a 50% reduction in emissions by 2025.
A Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document will be produced in due course, however, the changes to national and local climate policy are material considerations which should be considered in the handling of planning applications and achievement of the trajectory in the Environment and Climate Strategy will require a swift response. It is therefore considered prudent and necessary to adopt an interim position statement which would clarify the Council’s approach to these matters.
Download the Interim Sustainability Position Statement.