This which would provide opportunities for people to reduce their ecological footprint and contribute to Northern Ireland achieving zero carbon status.
Adopting these principles into planning and relevant legislation would help to increase the numbers of people who can create zero carbon self-sufficient small holdings and small eco-friendly community housing across the North.
Said the Foyle MLA: “I am delighted to launch this consultation on my proposed Private Member’s Bill and hope to receive responses from the wide range of individuals and organisations with an interest and expertise in this area before the deadline on 10th March.
“As a former Environment Minister, I know that the planning system has a critical role to play in advancing sustainable development and improving people’s well-being.
“Planning is fundamentally about creating and enhancing shared space, places where communities flourish and enjoy a sense of belonging, both now and into the future.
“The Executive has adopted a range of policies to combat the climate emergency, but this Bill would go further by integrating One Planet Development principles into our planning legislation.
“Similar initiatives have been in England and Wales and the positive contribution that they could make to rural regeneration here.”Tags: