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RedBook’s carbon promise gives clients planning advantage

22 Mar 2022
Clients of RedBook now have an essential aid in their pursuit of planning permission. When RedBook announced its commitment to make all its clients’ projects carbon neutral, what took us back was the reaction from Veteran planning consultants.
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When RedBook announced its commitment to make all its clients’ projects carbon neutral, it did not expect the response it got. Clients were immediately enthusiastic, but that was not surprising as RedBook undertook to pay itself for clients’ entire carbon offset. What took us aback was the reaction from veteran planning consultants.

They seized on the promise, instantly seeing its value in helping persuade planning authorities to grant consent for new houses and other building projects.

Temperamentally, planning consultants are the most considered of professionals and their advice is often laden with wary caveats. So their sudden excitement was all the more remarkable.

One of the foremost rural planning consultants, responsible for winning planning consent for some of England’s biggest building projects – and himself formerly head of a local authority’s planning department – remarked: ‘Increasingly the planning system and those interacting with it are focused on the ‘green agenda’ and sustainability considerations, especially for sites are in rural areas. Demonstrating carbon neutrality, is a tangible benefit. And in my view, RedBook’s commitment to ensuring all projects it is involved in are carbon neutral is a very valuable one when it comes to promoting development in the countryside, such as replacement houses or new houses under NPPF Paragraph 80.’ He did not actually say it, but ‘whoopee!’ was not far from his lips.

 

“RedBook’s commitment to ensuring all projects it is involved in are carbon neutral is a very valuable one when it comes to promoting development in the countryside, such as replacement houses or new houses under NPPF Paragraph 80”

Meanwhile his counterpart in London, a leading planning consultant who had a major hand in improving the South Bank among other landmark schemes, says: ‘The whole planning system is moving very quickly to ensure new developments are carbon neutral where possible, for example via carbon offsets and construction methods. Camden Borough Council has led the way but Kensington and Chelsea is following fast.  RedBook’s initiative is highly relevant and powerful.’

In short, clients of RedBook now have an essential new aid in their pursuit of planning permission.

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