4. Our Proposed Responses 

4. Our Proposed Responses 

This section presents our proposed responses grouped by the themes which the Assembly considered.  

In developing our responses we have cross-referenced the Assembly’s recommendations with the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP) to ensure that new actions don’t duplicate pre-existing actions. Where necessary, we have proposed amendments to actions in the IDCP to incorporate the insights of the Assembly.  

We use tables to show you each Assembly resolution, condition or supporting recommendation. Within each table we state: 

  • The level of support that the resolution, condition or supporting recommendation received from the Assembly.  
  • The identification (ID) letter we have given to our proposed response. 
  • What the IDCP already says about a resolution, condition or supporting recommendation.  
  • Our proposed response.  

Where we propose no action in response to an Assembly’s recommendation we state our reason.  

The Devon Climate Emergency Partnership is a collaboration of 29 public, private and voluntary organisations with diverse requirements and responsibilities. Therefore, the partnership’s responses to the Assembly’s recommendations have been worded to state a clear intention, yet be flexible enough so that all of these organisations can support them. Detail about how the responses will be implemented by partners, considering their local context, will emerge as the Devon Carbon Plan is delivered.

Click here for a summary infographic of the Devon Climate Emergency partnership’s proposed responses to the resolutions and conditions passed by the Devon Climate Assembly

For this topic the focus was on what role, if any, onshore wind turbines should play in meeting Devon’s expected increased demand for electricity as we transition away from using fossil fuels. The members were asked whether any conditions or guarantees are needed to increase the acceptability of wind turbines. 

Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1.In  principle, we support the development of more onshore wind turbines in Devon.
Supported by
89% of members
Response ID
A)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Action E1 in the Energy Supply chapter of the IDCP proposes the development of an energy strategy for Devon. A sub-action (E1.1) is to update assessments of the accessible renewable energy resource available in Devon.
Our Proposed Response
The partnership agrees that onshore wind should be part of Devon’s energy mix. Therefore, the supporting text to action E1 in the IDCP will be updated to state that wind will be included in the assessments. This will identify where wind installations could be built.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.1 That there is good, clear, high quality information and education for communities (from an objective, trusted and credible source) about the need for action and the crisis nature of climate and energy needs: a) including putting forward an emergency local plan identifying potential sites and the potential benefits; and b) providing practical support for affected communities to understand the potential benefits, processes and challenges.
Agreed by
87% of members
Response ID
B)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Cross Cutting Themes chapter, “Provide high quality, objective information and education for communities about the crisis nature of the climate emergency and the need for, and benefits of, renewable energy production.” Condition sub-points a) & b) are addressed in the two subsequent responses.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.1 That there is good, clear, high quality information & education for communities (from an objective, trusted and credible source) about the need for action and the crisis nature of climate and energy needs: a) including putting forward an emergency local plan identifying potential sites and the potential benefits; and b) providing practical support for affected communities to understand the potential benefits, processes and challenges.
Agreed by
87% of members
Response ID
C)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Energy Supply chapter, “Identify suitable locations for renewable energy, informed by the emerging Land Use Framework and environmental and social sensitivities, ensuring community involvement, and look to allocate these in Local Plans as appropriate.” Sub-point b of condition 1.1 is responded to by Response D) below.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.1 That there is good, clear, high quality information & education for communities (from an objective, trusted and credible source) about the need for action and the crisis nature of climate and energy needs: a) including putting forward an emergency local plan identifying potential sites and the potential benefits; and b) providing practical support for affected communities to understand the potential benefits, processes and challenges.
Agreed by
87% of members
Response ID
D)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Energy Supply chapter: “Provide practical support for communities wishing to develop their own energy infrastructure.” Note: Response B) will also contribute to communities understanding the potential benefits of onshore wind.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.2 That all reasonable measures are undertaken to minimise potential negative impacts on communities (for example the risk of impacts on house prices due to the proximity to a turbine) and wildlife in the design and positioning of a windfarm, and there are opportunities built in for people to raise and seek redress for negative effects, should they occur, throughout the lifetime of its operation.
Agreed by
87% of members
Response ID
E)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Action E1.1 says “Update assessments of the accessible Renewable Energy resource available in Devon.” This will exclude sensitive social and environmental features to minimise negative effects in this initial exercise. The planning system is designed to address the remaining effects.
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this condition is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.3 That the developments bring lasting local financial, economic, social and environmental benefits, with community ownership and Community Interest Companies held accountable for the distribution of funds.
Agreed by
86% of members
Response ID
F)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Energy Supply chapter: “Local Plan updates will look to include policies that give positive weight to renewable and low carbon energy initiatives which have clear evidence of local community involvement and leadership.”
This wording reflects existing Planning Practice Guidance. Going further than this would risk planning decisions being overturned or Local Plans being found to be unsound by planning inspectors.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.4 That everyone across Devon understands where wind farms can be sited and can easily access information on potential impacts on a range of conditions (including mental health, wildlife, economy) and the range of potential benefits (e.g. lower cost electricity, reduced carbon emissions and impacts on climate change).
Agreed by
84% of members
Response ID
G)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response B, Cross Cutting Themes chapter: “Provide high quality, objective information and education for communities about the crisis nature of the climate emergency and the need for, and benefits of, renewable energy production.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.5 That the majority are in community ownership, with a democratic process in place to inform the early stages of planning and development (including funding support at this stage).
Agreed by
84% of members
Response ID
H)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response F), Energy Supply chapter: “Local Plan updates will look to include policies that give positive weight to renewable and low carbon energy initiatives which have clear evidence of local community involvement and leadership.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 1, Condition 1.6. That energy is not considered in isolation, but alongside consideration of the space available for other land use development (housing, roads, agriculture, business, industry, schools, sewers) within local planning process and strategic planning.
Agreed by
80% of members
Response ID
I)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP proposes the development of a Land Use Framework to help resolve this issue.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response C, Energy Supply chapter, “Identify suitable locations for renewable energy, informed by the emerging Land Use Framework and environmental and social sensitivities, ensuring community involvement, and look to allocate these in Local Plans as appropriate.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 2. In principle, we support reforming the National Planning Framework to remove the requirement for ‘complete’ community support from development planning applications for onshore wind turbines.
Supported by
87% of members
Response ID
J)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The text in the Energy Supply chapter of the IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action, as the outcome from the Assembly was being waited for.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Energy Supply chapter, “Work with government to amend national planning legislation, in particular footnote 54, which requires complete community support to make it more straightforward for onshore wind developments to get planning consent, especially those that are community owned.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 2, Condition 2.1That communities where sites are identified benefit from them, and that they get really good support to engage and understand the issues.
Agreed by
84% of members
Response ID
K)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into action D), Energy Supply chapter: “Provide practical support for communities wishing to develop their own energy infrastructure.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 2, Condition 2.2 Onshore wind farms are developed where the energy produced is most needed (e.g. near industrial areas where it can be easily connected to the grid) and that the location of developments is considered in a way that is integrated with other wider considerations for Devon, such as the need for a mix of energy production, land use and respect for areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Agreed by
84% of members
Response ID
L)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Responded to by Response C), Energy Supply chapter: “Identify suitable locations for renewable energy, informed by the emerging Land Use Framework and environmental and social sensitivities, ensuring community involvement, and look to allocate these in Local Plans as appropriate.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 2, Condition 2.3 That planning structures are streamlined and operate in favour of community ownership, where profits are reinvested by and for the community.
Agreed by
80% of members
Response ID
M)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response F), Energy Supply chapter: “Local Plan updates will look to include policies that give positive weight to renewable and low carbon energy initiatives which have clear evidence of local community involvement and leadership.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Onshore Wind Resolution 2, Condition 2.4 That the development planning process is sped up and ensures dialogue with communities is a continuing part of this.
Agreed by
78% of members
Response ID
N)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response F), Energy Supply chapter, “Local Plan updates will look to include policies that give positive weight to renewable and low carbon energy initiatives which have clear evidence of local community involvement and leadership.”
And Response J), Energy Supply chapter, “Work with government to amend national planning legislation, in particular footnote 54 which requires complete community support, to make it more straightforward for onshore wind developments to get planning consent, especially those that are community owned.”

For this topic the discussions started from a position that there is a need to encourage less car use by making driving less attractive to help minimise emissions from travel, manage congestion and make us healthier. The members were asked: How can reducing road capacity and financial ‘carrots and sticks’ help to make car use less attractive and reduce traffic levels / emissions while maintaining mobility?

Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 1 In principle, we support the ambition in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan to reduce traffic emissions across Devon by making car use less attractive, while maintaining mobility.
Supported by
74% of members
Response ID
O)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The opening sections of the Transport chapter of the IDCP explains how emissions from road transport can be reduced and highlights the needs of people to continue to access services, particularly in rural communities.
Our Proposed Response
We will introduce a new goal within the Transport chapter of the Devon Carbon Plan:
“Traffic emissions are reduced across Devon by providing reliable, regular, affordable and integrated alternatives to private car use in combination with measures to make car use less attractive.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 1, Condition 1.1 That there is widespread investment in ensuring that there is a better public and active transport infrastructure across Devon that can be used as a reliable, regular, affordable and integrated alternative, and that significant progress is made on this before the wider implementation of proposals to discourage car use.
Agreed by
89% of members
Response ID
P)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP has a number of actions to improve the provision and investment in active and public travel.
Our Proposed Response
We will incorporate into the supporting text of the Transport chapter that the Assembly has said that significant progress should be made on the active and public transport provision before proposals to discourage car use are introduced. This will guide future transport policy and infrastructure decisions. But, there may be circumstances where proposals to discourage car use are deemed necessary to raise funds, to put the active and public transport measures in place.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 1, Condition 1.2 That there is an independent authority put in place to oversee and ensure accountability in the collection of resources generated by any charging schemes to ensure they are allocated towards public and active travel improvements (and other road emission reduction schemes) and that their findings are regularly reported.
Agreed by
74% of members
Response ID
Q)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
No action proposed.
By law (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) the money raised from on-street parking is only allowed to be spent on transport projects. In 2021/22 Devon County Council spent the £4.48m raised from on-street parking on improving active and public transport. Each year this information is published online (see p24).
Money raised from off-street car parking is used to fund council services which would otherwise require council tax increases to pay for them.
The finances of local authorities are public and are subject to formal Overview and Scrutiny processes and independent, external audit as required by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 2 We recognise that there will likely always be a need for private car use in Devon, particularly in rural areas of the county, and support the initiatives included in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan to help minimise the emissions these cause by investing in the infrastructure to support the increased use of electric vehicles.
Supported by
92% of members
Response ID
R)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP includes various actions to support the electrification of transport
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this resolution is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3 In principle, we support taking measures to reduce the road space available to cars and reallocate it to active and public travel modes in Devon
Supported by
74% of members
Response ID
S)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action: “T5. Review opportunities to reallocate road capacity to sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport), particularly where it can support other objectives (i.e. urban centre regeneration, street cafes).”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this resolution is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3, Condition 3.1 That priority is given to making sure that you can still travel cheaply around Devon, in a similar time to now, via active travel/public transport.
Agreed by
88% of members
Response ID
T)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The Transport Chapter of the Plan contains a Goal to ensure “Our streets are safe for all and cycling, walking, shared and public transport are prioritised”. Existing actions under this goal in the IDCP, in particular T21, T28 and T32 will support the fulfilment of this condition.
Our Proposed Response
Update one of the goals in the Transport chapter to: “Our streets are safe for all and using active, shared and public transport is efficient and affordable”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3, Condition 3.2 That there is the provision of more modern and effective park and ride facilities.
Agreed by
83% of members
Response ID
U)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action: “T33. Create nodal car parks at strategic points to encourage onward car sharing.”
Our Proposed Response
Update the existing action in the Transport Chapter, T33, to say: “Modernise and create car parks at strategic points to encourage car sharing and onward journeys by active travel or public transport.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3, Condition 3.3 That proper cycling infrastructure is created across the county.
Agreed by
80% of members
Response ID
V)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following actions: “T6. Develop local cycling and walking infrastructure plans with communities.” [updated version of T6 following consultation]
“T7 Improve strategic cycle routes within and between settlements.”
“T9 Where possible, design pavements and junctions to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists over vehicular traffic.”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this condition is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3, Condition 3.4 That there is differentiation in public transport fares depending on user categories (e.g. discounted fares for residents and/or means tested travel passes).
Agreed by
68% of members
Response ID
W)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Transport chapter: “Explore opportunities to set fares to support equal opportunities to access mobility for all”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 3, Condition 3.5 That Devon investigates introducing a Tourist Levy: where the tax on tourists visiting is allocated to the local community to fund initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.
Agreed by
68% of members
Response ID
X)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not specifically address this condition.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Transport chapter: “Investigate the concept and mechanisms of a Tourist Levy, including careful consideration of its impact on local businesses, to enable visitors to contribute to the transition to net-zero.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 4 We recognise that there is the need to introduce some ‘financial sticks’, like parking charges, congestion charges and parking levies in order to help fund the provision of wider improvements, ‘the carrots’, that will help reduce emissions while maintaining mobility across Devon.
Supported by
50% of members
Response ID
Y)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No action proposed as not supported by more than 50% of the Devon Climate Assembly.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 5 In principle, we support taking measures to reduce space available for parking and introduce parking charges in areas across Devon.
Supported by
46% of members
Response ID
Z)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Some local authorities in Devon are already reducing the space available for parking to make streetscapes and active travel more attractive. This must continue where appropriate. New action proposed in the Transport section: “Reduce the space available for parking where appropriate to make streetscapes and active travel more attractive”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 5, Condition 5.1 That parking charges are ringfenced and reinvested in the public transport network to reduce the public’s resistance to paying parking fees.
Agreed by
75% of members
Response ID
Aa)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No action proposed as this condition is already being met through existing legislation.
By law (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) the money raised from on-street parking is only allowed to be spent on transport projects. In 2021/22 Devon County Council spent the £4.48m raised from on-street parking on improving active and public transport. Each year this information is published online (see page 24) here.
Money raised from off-street car parking is used to fund council services which would otherwise require council tax increases to pay for them. The finances of local authorities are public and are subject to formal Overview and Scrutiny processes and independent, external audit as required by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 5, Condition 5.2 That there are differentiated parking charges based on:
type of vehicles (electric / polluting); and users’ needs (e.g. essential work use, people with limited mobility)
Agreed by
66% of members
Response ID
Ab)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No action proposed, as there is little evidence that having more expensive parking charges for more polluting vehicles leads to people changing their behaviour. Such a system would be expensive to implement and enforce. Parking solutions to support people with specific needs are already available.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 6 In principle, we support the introduction of workplace parking levies in areas across Devon
Supported by
45% of members
Response ID
Ac)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Workplace parking levies are not progressed as they did not receive majority support from the Devon Climate Assembly. But we are offering an alternative action, as employers, including anchor institutions, can voluntarily help achieve the social, economic and health benefits from more active and less polluting transport without the need for a workplace parking levy and the perceived negative impacts for employees. New action proposed, Transport chapter: ‘Employers to be encouraged and supported to make commuting by active, shared and public transport more attractive.’ .
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 6, Condition 6.1 That money gained from Workplace Parking Levies is spent on supporting public transport routes, or viable alternatives for employees, including employers providing shuttle busses for workers or paying for bike hubs and shower facilities at workplaces.
Agreed by
75% of members
Response ID
Ad)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Workplace parking levies are not progressed as they did not receive majority support from the Devon Climate Assembly.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 6, Condition 6.2 That it only applies to businesses with a certain level of turnover and/or a certain number of staff (level to be determined based on learning from successful models elsewhere).
Agreed by
71% of members
Response ID
Ae)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Whilst this condition received strong support, it is not being taken forward as Resolution 6 on workplace parking levies did not receive majority support from the Devon Climate Assembly.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 6, Condition 6.3 That it is the employer who pays and the cost cannot be passed on to the employee.
Agreed by
68% of members
Response ID
Af)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Whilst this condition received a good level of support, it is not being taken forward as Resolution 6 on workplace parking levies did not receive majority support from the Devon Climate Assembly.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 7 In principle, we support introducing congestion charges and low emission zones in areas across Devon.
Supported by
62% of members
Response ID
Ag)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Transport chapter: “Review the potential for the introduction of congestion charges and low emission zones in appropriate areas across Devon on a place-by-place basis, giving consideration to local impacts and likely effectiveness.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 7, Condition 7.1 That they won’t be introduced as a ‘one size fits all’ approach for all areas of the county and groups of people.
Agreed by
84% of members
Response ID
Ah)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response Ag) above, Transport chapter, “Review the potential for the introduction of congestion charges and low emission zones in appropriate areas across Devon on a place-by-place basis, giving consideration to local impacts and likely effectiveness.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Roads and Mobility Resolution 7, Condition 7.2 That there is careful consideration, and review, of the economic impact on the area.
Agreed by
76% of members
Response ID
Ai)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Incorporated into Response Ag, Transport chapter: “Review the potential for the introduction of congestion charges and low emission zones in appropriate areas across Devon on a place-by-place basis, giving consideration to local impacts and likely effectiveness.”

There were two key aspects of this topic that members were asked to focus on:

  1. The information, advice, support and incentives that the public would need to motivate, and enable, them to undertake retrofitting work on their properties; and
  2. The acceptability of using local council powers to require retrofitting activities to reduce emissions from buildings.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 1 We believe that the existing financial supports available across Devon are not effective for encouraging people to undertake the degree of retrofitting work in their properties that will be required to meet net zero targets.
Supported by
94% of members
Response ID
Aj)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
Resolution 1 Is addressed by Response Ak: “Explore opportunities to enhance financial support available for people to retrofit their properties, both locally and with national government.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2 In principle, we support there being financial support available for people to retrofit properties across Devon.
Supported by
93% of members
Response ID
Ak)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The Built Environment chapter of the IDCP already includes the following actions:
“B3 Explore opportunities to use the carbon offset market to fund the retrofit of domestic and commercial buildings”
“B4 Work with government to achieve VAT breaks on retrofit activity and products.”
Our Proposed Response
We will replace the existing action B3 in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan with: “Explore opportunities to enhance financial support available for people to retrofit their properties, both locally and with national government.”
B4 remains.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.1 There needs to be more accountability and reporting regarding government expenditure on retrofitting, with ongoing progress reports that show the money spent and progress towards meeting targets.
Agreed by
94% of members
Response ID
Al)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Progress towards targets is already recorded by these indicators in the IDCP:
“Number of Devon’s homes with an Energy Performance Certificate of D – G”
And
“Number of Devon’s commercial premises with an Energy Performance Certificate of D – G”
Our Proposed Response
To fulfil this supporting recommendation, the monitoring indicators for the Devon Carbon Plan will be updated to include indicators for:
“Amount of funding spent through dedicated public grants on domestic retrofitting in Devon”.
And:
 “Amount of funding spent through dedicated public grants on commercial retrofitting in Devon”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.2 There needs to be widespread education and awareness raising about:
a ) the climate emergency;
b) what actions authorities are taking; and
c) what people can do to retrofit and improve energy efficiency and what impact that will have.
Agreed by
93% of members
Response ID
Am)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Part B is already delivered through the Devon Climate Emergency communication channels resourced by a full-time communications officer and new staff resources in the partner organisations.
Part C is already included in the Built Environment Chapter of the IDCP by these actions:
“B5 Sell the co-benefits of living in warm, net-zero ready homes through awareness-raising campaigns and open-home events.”
“B6 Establish a Devon-wide energy advice service that links home-owners, landlords and tenants with independent energy assessors, skilled installers and market offers.”
Our Proposed Response
No additional responses are proposed as, part A of this supporting recommendation is covered by Response B):
“Provide high quality, objective information and education for communities about the crisis nature of the climate emergency and the need for, and benefits of, renewable energy production.”
Part B is already delivered through the Devon Climate Emergency communication channels resourced by a full-time communications officer and new staff resources in the partner organisations.
Part C is already included in the Built Environment chapter of the IDCP, by actions B5 and B6.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.3 There needs to be a centralised, Devon based, source of high-quality information regarding measures that can be taken on properties and the types of support available to people to undertake them.
Agreed by
93% of members
Response ID
An)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action:
“B6 Establish a Devon-wide energy advice service that links home-owners, landlords and tenants with independent energy assessors, skilled installers and market offers.”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this supporting recommendation is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.4 There needs to be personalised advice available about options for your home and any financial support you are eligible for.
Agreed by
93% of members
Response ID
Ao)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action:
“B6 Establish a Devon-wide energy advice service that links home-owners, landlords and tenants with independent energy assessors, skilled installers and market offers.”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this supporting recommendation is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.5 All authorities need to demonstrate ambition and allocate significant budget to retrofitting.
Agreed by
92% of members
Response ID
Ap)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Ambition is demonstrated in the IDCP by this action:
“B11 South West to promote its status to government as the leading region on low-carbon buildings, including embodied carbon, founded on the low-carbon buildings already here and anchor institutions’ commitments to zero-carbon, nature-friendly new build and retrofit.”
Our Proposed Response
Local authorities don’t have existing resources for retrofitting, so we will need to work with government on this. Therefore, this is addressed by the proposed Response Ak:
“Explore opportunities to enhance financial support available for people to retrofit their properties, both locally and with national government.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 2, Supporting Recommendation 2.6 More focus needs to be given to ensuring the availability of green mortgages.
Agreed by
72% of members
Response ID
Aq)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action:
“R31 Provide the South West Mutual with start-up funding”
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Economy and Resources chapter: “Work with government to enhance the availability and awareness of green mortgages.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 3 In principle, we support the use of regulation to require people to retrofit their home.
Supported by
62% of members
Response ID
Ar) & As)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
New actions proposed, Built Environment chapter: “Evaluate the use of planning conditions to require energy-efficiency upgrades at the time of extending a home, and any other local regulatory opportunities that arise.”
AND
“Work with government to explore additional mechanisms to require energy-efficiency upgrades.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 3, Condition 3.1 That there is recognition that buildings are not all the same. The requirement, and any support to do it, needs to be targeted so the poorest rated buildings are done first.
Agreed by
89% of members
Response ID
At)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The Built Environment Chapter in the IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action specifically relating to this condition.
Our Proposed Response
This will be described in the supporting text for Response As), with the caveat that such schemes should also be means tested if they are to contribute to a just transition.
 Built Environment chapter, action As):
“Work with government to explore additional mechanisms to require energy-efficiency upgrades.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 3, Condition 3.2 That affordability is taken into account.
Agreed by
88% of members
Response ID
Au)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
Principle 9a of the IDCP says:
“A just transition is required to ensure that vulnerable and low-income segments of society and rural communities are not
disadvantaged.”
Our Proposed Response
We will update Principle 9a to say:
“A just and affordable transition is required to ensure that vulnerable and low-income segments of society and rural communities are not disadvantaged.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 3, Condition 3.3 That VAT is removed from specialist items used for retrofitting.
Agreed by
82% of members
Response ID
Av)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action:
“B4 Work with government to achieve VAT breaks on retrofit activity and products.”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this condition is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 3, Condition 3.4 That DIY is encouraged, with experts then able to undertake an assessment of impacts and approve reduced tax rates.
Agreed by
66% of members
Response ID
Aw)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP does not address this specific condition, however, it does propose an energy advice service:
“B6. Establish a Devon-wide energy advice service that links home-owners, landlords and tenants with independent assessors, skilled installers and market offers.”
Our Proposed Response
We will update action B6 in the Built Environment chapter of the IDCP to say:
“B6. Establish a Devon-wide energy advice service that links home-owners, landlords and tenants with DIY guidance, independent assessors, skilled installers and market offers.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 4 In principle, we support introducing policies in Devon that use planning permission to trigger the need for retrofitting measures.
Supported by
84% of members
Response ID
Ax)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No additional response required, as this resolution is addressed by the proposed Response Ar), Built Environment chapter: “Evaluate the use of planning conditions to require energy-efficiency upgrades at the time of extending a home, and any other local regulatory opportunities that arise.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 4, Condition 4.1 That conservatories and permitted buildings should be included.
Agreed by
76% of members
Response ID
Ay)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No additional response required, as this condition is addressed by the proposed Response Ar), Built Environment chapter: “Evaluate the use of planning conditions to require energy-efficiency upgrades at the time of extending a home, and any other local regulatory opportunities that arise.”
Conservatories will be mentioned in the supporting text for Response Ar).
Permitted buildings by definition do not need planning permission and so could not be covered by this mechanism.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 4,  Condition 4.2 That the extent of retrofitting required by the planning permission would be in proportion to the size of the house and extension.
Agreed by
75% of members
Response ID
Az)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
We will address this condition by covering it in the supporting text for Response Ar), Built Environment chapter: “Evaluate the use of planning conditions to require energy-efficiency upgrades at the time of extending a home, and any other local regulatory opportunities that arise.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 4, Condition 4.3 That the energy consumption of the whole property needs to be reduced, in proportion to the size of the extension / alteration.
Agreed by
73% of members
Response ID
Ba)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
We will address this condition by covering it in the supporting text for Response Ar), Built Environment chapter: “Evaluate the use of planning conditions to require energy-efficiency upgrades at the time of extending a home, and any other local regulatory opportunities that arise.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 5 In principle, we support introducing policies in Devon that link Council tax and business rates to energy efficiency performance.
Supported by
71% of members
Response ID
Bb)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
New action proposed, Built Environment chapter: “Work with government to continue exploring the use of Council Tax and Business Rates to encourage energy efficiency upgrades of buildings.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 5, Condition 5.1 That there is also a requirement on private landlords and social housing providers to bring properties up to a minimum level of energy efficiency.
Agreed by
85% of members
Response ID
Bc)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP already includes the following action:
“B9 Work with government to review The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations to make it more effective and practical for local authorities to enforce non-compliance.”
Our Proposed Response
No action required because this condition is already addressed by the Interim Devon Carbon Plan.
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 5, Condition 5.2 That there is a simple and consistent way for the effect of energy efficiency improvements to be verified by the Council before discounts are applied.
Agreed by
75% of members
Response ID
Bd)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
This would be essential to the operation of a successful scheme. This requirement will be mentioned in the supporting text for Response Bb), Built Environment chapter, “Work with government to continue exploring the use of Council Tax and Business Rates to encourage energy efficiency upgrades of buildings.”
Assembly Resolution, Condition or Supporting Recommendation
Buildings Resolution 5, Condition 5.3 That Councils promote widely the opportunity to benefit from reductions in Council tax and business rates by increasing the energy efficiency of your property.
Agreed by
72% of members
Response ID
Be)
Existing Response in the Interim Devon Carbon Plan (IDCP)
The IDCP identifies the issue but doesn’t propose an action.
Our Proposed Response
No action at this time as law changes are required for this to occur, which will be pursued by Response Bb), Built Environment chapter: “Work with government to continue exploring the use of Council Tax and Business Rates to encourage energy efficiency upgrades of buildings.”
The promotion of such a scheme would be implemented by the Devon Energy Efficiency Advice Service if it were deemed appropriate after being explored further with government.