Council declares climate and ecological emergency

Published: 04 Aug 2023

WHD volunteers woodland management photo

Councillors for Horsham District Council have declared  a climate and ecological emergency for the Horsham District.

This declaration will enable us to move forward with our own carbon neutral target for 2030 and the Horsham District carbon neutral target for 2050.

The new status will also add robust support to a number of planning policies within our Local Plan development. This will help to:

  • Minimise carbon emissions by ensuring new developments are designed and constructed in such a way that helps achieve net zero carbon emissions.
  • Deliver more substantial climate change mitigation and adaptation, taking into account increased flood risk events.
  • Provide better connected habitats and more green spaces to improve the environment and help residents and businesses adapt to climate change.

As part of our ongoing work we have produced a draft Climate Action Strategy to support the whole of Horsham District to become carbon neutral by 2050. We are inviting local residents, businesses, community groups and key partners to share their thoughts on how we can develop a greener future for the District by completing a short survey.

The survey closes 31 August.

Read about our climate and ecological emergency

Complete the climate action survey