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The Department for Transport has published its national policy statement for national networks against which planning decisions on nationally significant transport infrastructure projects will be made.
This webinar, held on 10 December 2014, discussed various plans for generating data on local vulnerability and resilience, and focus on the importance of standardized indicators and city data to take a uniform approach to what is measured and how it is implemented. Standardized indicators help cities assess their performance and progress while allowing them to draw comparative lessons. Developments in this direction and the ISO 37120 were shared.
This webinar, held on 17 November 2014, discussed strategies for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation actions and explored potential synergies and barriers involved. Measures and solutions for simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change impacts were also presented.
This webinar, held on 6 November 2014, focused on how the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) in adaptation planning can enhance the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change, as well as facilitate their engagement in local resilience-building actions. Practical examples of ICT solutions implemented in Bologna, Italy and Uganda were shared.
This volume of the journal Progress in Planning (Vol.95, January 2015) seeks to contribute to the widening debate about how the transformation of cities to respond to the changing climate is being understood, managed and achieved. The authors focus particularly on spatial planning, and building the capacity of this key mechanism for responding to the adaptation imperative in urban areas. The core focus is the outcomes of a collaborative research project, EcoCities, undertaken at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development. EcoCities drew upon inter-disciplinary research on climate science, environmental planning and urban design working within a socio-technical framework to investigate climate change hazards, vulnerabilities and adaptation responses in the conurbation of Greater Manchester, UK. Emerging transferable learning with potential relevance for adaptation planning in other cities and urban areas is drawn out to inform this rapidly emerging international agenda.
In divided and cooperative property buildings, the role of the tenant or owner is crucial for the decision making process, especially with regard to the retrofitting of existing buildings. In order to discuss the situation in divided and cooperative buildings in different EU member states, the Estonian Union of Cooperative Housing Associations (EKYL) organised a workshop in Tallinn, Estonia in June 2014. This report highlights the discussions and outcomes from the workshop and study visit and includes a brief description of the presentations by and discussion amongst EKYL’s members, partners and other representatives on nZEB developments in Estonia.
The Government’s flagship planning policy, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), needs to do more to protect against unsustainable development in England and ensure communities aren’t subject to unwanted housing development, according to a report from the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.
Building health assessed through environmental parameters after the OTS in the city centre of Oxford, UK
The Oxford Transport Strategy (OTS) implemented in the Oxford city centre in June 1999 had an environmental impact associated with reduced car traffic and improved air quality, particularly of SO2 and CO. The effect on reductions in atmospheric pollutants and improved air quality is examined in this article. By examining records of change associated with specific traffic records and mean annual measures of pollutants, including NO2, NOX, SO2, CO, O3 and PM10, it is possible to relate trends over 15 years (between 1997 and 2012) and evaluate the impacts on buildings.
As the first report from a three-year project, this paper attempts to outline the potential scale of the ‘hidden homelessness’ problem, which covers homeless households which don’t receive council support and are not counted in official statistics, and to illustrate the often dire standard of the properties they are forced to live in.