Nine out of 10 councillors support proposed planning changes to reward councils promoting environmentally sustainable economic growth.
A survey by the Local Government Information Unit's Centre for Local Sustainability has found 92% of the 1,016 councillors questioned support cash rewards for councils that hit high sustainable development standards.
The proposals are contained within the draft planning policy s4 on planning for economic development.
'Reward green efforts'
Dr Andy Johnston, head of the Centre for Local Sustainability, said the survey delivers a "clear message".
"Government should use legislation to reward the local authorities that perform well on the environment and help to unleash the power of enterprise to achieve sustainable development. Local authorities can achieve a win/win by attracting the new industries that will thrive in a low-carbon future.”
But Dr Johnston warned that the draft planning policy "fails" to properly integrate economic development with sustainability and lacks incentives for councils.