Responding to a report by ClientEarth on councils’ climate change plans, the LGA’s Environment spokesman, Cllr David Renard, said:
“Councils are already doing a great deal to protect the environment and health of our communities, including mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.
“This includes tackling harmful air pollution by devising clean air zones and protecting at-risk areas outside schools, encouraging the use of electric vehicles through promoting recharging points, and investing in cycling.
“However, councils can do so much more if they are properly and sustainably funded, allowed to set planning fees locally and if policies such as permitted development rights are scrapped as they allow developers to ignore community needs and undermine local plans.
“The forthcoming Spending Round needs to ensure councils have adequate funding to protect local services next year to help improve residents’ lives, including through proactive environmental protection work.”