Peak Park Local Plan – climate issues

The Peak Park is consulting on its Local Plan. HVCA met on Monday 15 February to explore the key climate issues and what should the Peak Park be doing to address the climate emergency in relation to sustainable travel, sustainable buildings, renewable energy, nature and landscape and recreation and tourism. Andy Tickle, Head of Campaigns CPRE, Lynn Crowe Chair Tideswell & District Environmental Group and Steve Platt, HVCA gave talks.
The remit of all UK national parks is to conserve natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and promote the enjoyment of the area by people.
But as an authority the PP is obliged to adhere to the Climate Change Act. This sets the ambitious target of reaching net zero by 2050.
Today, Bill Gates published his book “How to avoid a climate disaster”. On the radio this morning he said addressing climate change was the biggest collective task humankind had ever faced, infinitely more serious than Covid.
Clearly the Peak Park faces a dilemma in balancing conservation and climate action. But I don’t believe that we can return to business as usual after the pandemic and that we all need to work together to take action.
The PP has published 11 topic papers to spark a debate that map onto HVCA’s actions. The following slideshow takes you through each of them in turn.

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