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Project featured on 'The Great Climate Fight' TV show wins award for Lancaster City Council

Diane Neville, Lancaster City Council principal planning officer, with TV presenter Kevin McCloud

A climate project featured on a Channel 4 TV show has won Lancaster City Council a major award.

The council's entry won in the Net Zero category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The awards are the Oscars of local government and celebrate the very best projects that councils have engaged in over the previous 12 months.

Lancaster City Council’s winning entry focussed on the way its Climate Emergency Local Plan Review engaged with young people, schools, community groups and national conferences throughout its development.

To highlight the approach, council planners also appeared with Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud on Channel 4’s 'The Great Climate Fight' in 2023.

The city council was shortlisted in four categories at this year’s awards, beating off competition from hundreds of local authorities.

Judges said the winning project has “set a shining example for other local authorities to emulate”.

Mark Davies, Lancaster City Council’s chief executive, said: “This award is richly deserved and is testament to the commitment and dedication of the project team and it’s wonderful to see that their hard work has been recognised nationally.

“The council is working tirelessly to tackle the climate emergency and this project is a great example of local authorities can make a huge difference to the lives of their communities.

“It was also a pleasure to be nominated in three other categories as well and this underlines our commitment to continually improving what we do for the diverse communities we serve.”

The other categories the council was shortlisted for were ‘Digital Impact’ for the introduction of a new digital reporting system, along with the ‘Community Involvement’ and ‘Public/Public Partnership’ (in conjunction with Lancaster University) categories for a project to address the underrepresentation of young people (ages 18-30) in planning processes.

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