2023 Action Scorecards

Action Scorecards 2023

Planning & Biodiversity (CA)

The climate emergency is deeply connected to the ecological emergency. This section covers how combined authorities can support the protection of and increased biodiversity in the area. This section also covers the enabling role combined authorities can play in supporting renewable energy generation locally and embedding net-zero targets into their area-wide strategic planning.

Average score

Combined Authority

40% Average score

This section only applies to Combined Authorities. For all other types of council, you can visit the following equivalent section:

Questions in this section

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You’ll find more options, like the ability to compare your council’s Scorecard with other councils, and see a more granular breakdown of how they did on each question of the Scorecards.

QuestionsCouncils with full marks per question
3.1

Does the combined authority's Spatial Planning Strategy include the council's net-zero target and make tackling the climate emergency one of its main priorities?

3 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
3.2

Does the combined authority identify suitable areas for new solar energy, wind developments and district heat networks?

1 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
3.3

Has the combined authority mapped the areas of opportunity for biodiversity?

5 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
3.4

Does the combined authority have a natural capital investment plan?

4 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
3.5

Does the combined authority have a target to increase tree cover across its area?

4 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
3.6

Does the combined authority provide funding for community action on biodiversity, for example through an environment fund or biodiversity action fund?

6 out of 12 combined authority councils got full marks for this question.
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