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LES e-Newsletter Issue 5 - 4th December
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Welcome to the fifth edition of the Low Emission Strategies (LES) e-Newsletter!

In this issue we report back on the recent National Air Quality Summit, detailing the importance of partnerships between Local Authorities, Central Government and the community in working together to achieve cleaner air.

We include a round-up of latest LES news and activities. Including conferences, consultations and local projects. We also take a look at how things are shaping for 2010. The tender process for the ‘Low Emission Toolkit’ is coming to completion. The closing date for the ‘Regional Groups Initiative’ has also arrived, and deliberation will take place soon. Expect announcements on both initiatives early in the New Year.

Finally we’d like to thank everyone who has subscribed to the newsletter. We hope it gives planners, developers and environmental practitioners an understanding of how LES can inform practice and policy where you are.

As always we welcome your feedback so please do let us know if you have any ideas for future content or if there are any FAQs you’d like answering.

Rob Pilling - (LES Partnership, Programme Manager)

News and Events

Outcomes from the Air Quality Summit

Air Quality Summit

On 30th November 2009, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport co-hosted an Air Quality Summit, to provide a forum for Local Authorities to share best practice in improving air quality.

The central theme of the Summit was the importance of partnerships between Local Authorities, Central Government and the community, in working together to achieve cleaner air. The concept of Low Emission Strategies was identified as a key tool available to Local Authorities.



Outcomes of the LES / RTPI Half-Day
Conference held in Manchester

Delegates at the Joint LES and RTPI workshop

The LES Partnership teamed up with the Royal Town Planning Institute to co-host a half-day conference on Low Emission Strategies in Manchester on 4th November 2009. Representatives from eight North West based Councils, planning consultants and climate change specialists came together to discuss the potential for low emission strategies in their area.

Joint LES and RTPI workshopSteve Merryfield from the LES Partnership looked at the possibilities for using Section 106 agreements to obtain funding for air quality monitoring and put in place other LES measures. Andrew Whittles from Cenex gave delegates an overview of low emission vehicle and associated technologies, and encouraged people to get involved in the work of the LES Partnership. Tanya Murat from Greenwich Council looked at some examples of policies that can allow Councils to introduce Low Emission Strategies.



Local Updates

The LES Partnership has been working through 2009 with 15 local authorities across England supporting the development of Low Emission Strategies. It is now time to take stock of the progress that has been made and identify any lessons learned. We are holding a review workshop in January and will report on outcomes soon after.


LESP Response to the Community
Infrastructure Levy Consultation

The Planning Act 2008 grants the Secretary of State the power to introduce a scheme for the planning charge called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The CIL will be a new charge, in which local authorities will be empowered, but not required to charge on new developments in their area. The charge will relate to the size of the development and the proceeds will be spent on local and sub-regional infrastructure.



Consultation Response to Mayor of London’s
Draft Air Quality Strategy

The LES Partnership Board submitted a response to the Greater London Authority on the Mayor’s draft Air Quality Strategy, which was published in October for consultation with the London Assembly and functional bodies www.london.gov.uk/mayor/environment/air_quality/.

The Board is supportive of policies to encourage the use of sustainable transport and to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles. However, it would like to see more emphasis on encouraging local authorities and developers to seek low emission developments.



Understanding the Emission Benefits of Car Clubs

Car clubs are springing up across the country. They provide a viable alternative to private car ownership and are viewed by many local authorities as an important piece of the sustainable transport jigsaw. From an emissions viewpoint, car clubs can potentially reduce transport emissions by:

  • Reducing miles driven by ensuring that motoring costs apply at the point of use

  • Allowing integration of longer journeys by public transport with use of car clubs for local travel at destination

  • Giving choice of vehicle size and type, allowing appropriate choice for a given journey or situation


Preparing for 2010

LES Partnership Moves into Phase Two

With funding secured from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Communities and Local Government (CLG) and significant financial and in-kind contributions from local authorities and Cenex, the LES Programme will move into a second phase from January 2010.

At a LES Partnership Board meeting on 10th November 2009, a new Board was elected, and the members unanimously voted John Paterson from London Borough of Greenwich as the Chair. The other organisations represented on the board are Hillingdon, Sefton, Sheffield, Wigan, Mid-Devon and Leeds Councils, and Cenex.



Tenders Received for the ‘Low Emission Toolkit’

In October 2009, the LES Partnership invited tenders to develop a ‘Low Emission Toolkit’ that will assist local authorities in identifying available low emission strategies and assessing the costs and benefits of pursuing them.

The closing date for tenders was 20th November 2009. A selection panel has been established by the LES Partnership Board to shortlist contractors and conduct interviews. The contract will be let by the end of 2009 and will deliver the Low Emission Toolkit in mid 2010.


Applications Received for the ‘Regional Groups Initiative’

In November, the LES Partnership launched applications for the Regional Groups Initiative, which will provide funding and support for participating organisations to develop and implement Low Emission Strategies. Applications have been invited from groups of local authorities and other organisations located broadly within the same geographical area.

The closing date for applications was 11th December. A selection panel has been established by the Partnership Board, to shortlist applications and conduct interviews. The Regional Groups will be announced early in 2010.

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