This survey about Leicester’s future development and Climate Change. It should take about 7 mins to complete.

Climate Action's Events and Low Carbon Planning and Housing working groups have put it together in the hope that it will convince you that it is important that the council rewrites the Local Plan to include specific policy which tackles both the cause and impact of climate change. We also hope to submit the survey results to the council as part of Climate Action’s campaign to get the council to tackle climate change as part of the Local Plan.

Climate Action L+L.

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* 1.
Before we get started: How much do you agree with the following statements?

  1 - strongly disagree 2 - disagree 3 - neutral 4 - agree 5 - strongly agree
The climate crisis is real
The climate crisis is caused by human activity
The climate crisis will have a significant impact on people in Leicester in the next 30 years

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* 2. The Local Plan impacts on all the things listed here, so we start by asking you:
How much do the following issues matter to you?

  1 - irrelevant 2 - a little 3 - somewhat 4 - important 5 - very important
Genuinely affordable and available rental housing
Reducing car dependency and use though measures which improve walking, cycling and buses and also activley discourage car use
Less air pollution
More economic growth
Cheap functioning network of bus services which go where and when you need them
Reducing inequality of choices around transport and housing for people with fewer resources
Tackling climate change by reducing city and individual carbon emissions
Planning for locally produced food, water and renewable energy
Ensuring the City’s new and old housing is climate proofed
More public access to genuinely local green spaces
Many more trees, ponds and wild areas in all of our public green spaces

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* 3. What is your biggest concern about the current plan? Please don't choose more than 3 options as great concern. (Comments from Climate Action based on based on our reading of the draft plan and research are in brackets).
Please number 1 = don’t care, 2 = some concern, 3 = great concern

  1 - don't care 2 - some concern 3 - great concern
Does not address converting housing to be energy efficient and able to withstand heatwaves
Builds on green spaces both in and beyond the city (49 out of 63 of the sites put forward for development are greenfield many of them within the city including playing fields, amenity areas and old golf courses.)
The impact of Leicester's traffic-caused air pollution on people’s health (Climate Action believes the plan as it currently stands will make this worse because although it encourages walking and cycling, it contains very little policy to actively discourage car use and many policies which will encourage car use.)
Minimal plan to increase renewable electricity generation
Does not address issues of inequality around housing and transport options. (The plan supports sprawling low density housing, some unconnected to the city and only 30% affordable with no requirements for this to be social rental housing rather than privately owned. Climate Action believes there should be a requirement for 50% affordable, of which 80% should be social rental housing.)
The new housing is unlikely to withstand heatwaves and extreme weather events. (There is no detailed policy requiring new housing to be energy efficient or resistant to overheating during heatwaves.)
Promotes low density free-standing housing developments beyond the city leaving people dependent on cars (as it is too far to walk or cycle and there are fewer local shops, services and bus services)
No plans included for increasing water or food security
Encourages car use (by promoting parking and low density development and not containing policies to require developers to design in ways which actively discourage car use)

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* 4. This question is about green outside space (such as parks and woodland)
 Victoria Park

  1 2 3 4 5
How important is access to green outside space to you? On a scale of 1-5 where 1 = irrelevant, 5 = essential
Does it need to be private or public? 1 = Private, 5 = Public
Has the Coronavirus lockdown changed how you feel about this? 1 = not at all, 5 = completely

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* 5. Do you live in Leicester and how important is your local community to you, e.g. knowing and interacting with the people who live on your street? Please type your answers in the text boxes provided.
(Although this plan does not require anything in this area, it is possible to design housing developments to include shared space such as community buildings, workshops, launderettes, children’s play areas, tool and toy libraries etc. The more opportunities people have to meet neighbours and share life activities, the stronger communities become.)

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* 6. Leicester will be one of the first cities to produce a new Local Plan since Climate emergencies were declared across the UK. This means other cities will copy it. What kind of example do you want it to set? Please tick one box only.

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* 7. What is the key difference that properly insulated housing would make to you/your family? Climate Action is calling for all new housing to be built with very high levels of insulation as well as deep retrofitting for older housing.

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* 8. The city needs more housing than can be provided by just the available brownfield sites. Given that the council is legally obliged to provide more housing, the question of housing density becomes important. Climate Action is proposing all new developments have a density of above 70 dwellings per hectare in order to retain half of each of the local green spaces for trees, ponds and local access.

The developments below have a density where housing is above 70 dwellings per hectare (so they are medium to high density housing).

Please tick all the developments you would be willing to live in if you lived within the city (assume they are all next to green spaces) by clicking on the relevant pictures below.

- Cradock/St Leonards Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester: 91 dwellings per hectare. Have small rear gardens (some have marginal front gardens and smaller rear gardens.)

Alt-Erlaa: massive and very popular social housing in Vienna, Austria. We are not proposing massively high rise buildings like this for Leicester, but the stepping on the lower floors allows personal outside space, and the flats contain shared facilities such as swimming pools. Leicester could build low stepped flats using some of these ideas.

Goldsmith Street, Norwich, Norfolk: 83 dwellings per hectare. An award winning Passivhaus housing development in Norwich of 45 houses and 60 flats. Yards/gardens are similar to terraced housing in Leicester.

BedZED, Sutton, South London: 100 dwellings per hectare. Abundant private and shared outdoor space and green roofs. The great majority of BedZED homes have their own gardens and there is a village square. BedZED’s is an attractive and popular place to live, demonstrating that a large shift towards sustainable living need not entail sacrifice and discomfort.

Maida Vale, London: 200-350 dwellings per hectare. A very popular area in London full of flats in Victorian buildings. It is the most densely populated place in the UK, with 20,000 people living in one square mile.

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* 9. Heatwaves and higher temperatures are going to happen more and more frequently due to climate change. Do you think the Local Plan should support us to do any of the following to prepare our homes for this? Tick all that apply.

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* 10. What would you like to see the council being more ambitious about in its policy in this Local Plan? Tick all that apply.

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