Planning experts have joined forces to offer councils practical advice on how to cope with climate change.
The Royal Town Planning Institute and the Town and Country Planning Association say the current guidelines contains ambitious policies but on-the-ground delivery is proving slow.
They say the National Planning Policy Framework lacks practical advice and support for local councils on how to secure a radical reduction in carbon emissions.
Government guidance has also been weak on adapting to climate change, particularly on issues such as how to deal with heat waves and sea-level rises, according to the two organisations.
Their new guide, ‘Planning for Climate Change – a Guide for Local Authorities’ provides an overview of current policy and legislation.
TCPA director of policy, Hugh Ellis, said: ‘A resilient and sustainable future is achievable, but only if we act now.
'This guide sends a powerful message to councils and planners that we can meet the climate challenge.’