Planning and Social Issues
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Cross laminated timber use has significant social consequences at various levels and scales. Consequently, there are an increasing number of ‘timber-first’ policies being established globally, with policies introduced from Germany to Japan. The council proposed a wood-first policy for new developments, recognising that building with timber would enable a reduction in the carbon content of new development to reflect sustainability policies. Trade associations representing other material suppliers quickly raised objections, threatening legal action challenging proposals for a formal policy, a move the borough lacked the resources to challenge. Countries rich in the forest resources typically benefit from a heritage of building with timber and the associated established skill base. Promoting the increased use of the timber for buildings in such regions not only promotes economic activity and employment but also can generate significant additional benefits through further investment and innovation.