Waveney Local Plan

Climate Change

8.121 Waveney with its extensive coastline, tidal inlet, estuary and river valleys, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

8.122 Climate change is a result of global warming, a process caused by an increase of greenhouse gas emissions into the earth's atmosphere. Climate change can affect weather patterns and sea levels, both of which can result in damage to the natural and built environment.

8.123 The planning system can respond to climate change by limiting increases in greenhouse gases through supporting renewable energy development, locating development in areas which reduce the need to travel and encouraging greater use of sustainable transport measures. The planning system can also reduce the risk posed by climate change by reducing the proportion of properties at risk from flooding and coastal erosion.