Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI's) director of planning and policy Kelvin MacDonald ( pictured)said planners and their politician bosses, must be 'bolder and more innovative' in taking on the sustainable agenda.
Areas that should receive more focus from the planning community were, he said, carbon-neutral development, wind farms and decentralised energy production.
MacDonald told a conference fringe meeting: 'We must all adapt to the threats posed by global warming.
'In some areas planning policy is leading the thinking but, overall, planning is yet to realise its full potential as a major player in both attacking the causes of climate change and reducing its consequences.
'To do this, we need to change the way that we think about issues,' he added.