A fundamental planning principle
The global and national drivers for sustainability are clear and defined. We need economic growth but we must do this whilst achieving social development and environmental improvement. There is a need and an advantage for planning applications for new development to demonstrate that they are implementing the principles of sustainable development. For certain applications there can be a real and demonstrable benefit for a robust sustainability strategy.
Many Core Strategies contain policies requiring applications to demonstrate a range of sustainability metrics including carbon and energy budgets, sustainability statements and climate change assessments. Quite often these are needed for validation and so must be done efficiently, yet with a strong commercial and technical focus.
It is also not unusual to find local planning policies setting sustainability and energy targets significantly higher than mandatory requirements such as the building regulations. Such policies are often technically and commercially challenging and should be addressed early in an application if they are to be mitigated.
Our team combines extensive knowledge of sustainability with a thorough understanding of the planning process to develop robust, commercially and technically feasible sustainability strategies. We are currently providing sustainability support to projects ranging from new towns and eco-settlements to sustainable urban extensions, business parks and Universities.
Our team provides the following services:
- Advice on meeting the emerging Zero Carbon policy
- Provision of embodied carbon and carbon balance assessments for a range of projects including energy infrastructure
- Advice on Allowable Solutions and local authorities’ use of this mechanism
- BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes advice
- Sustainability and energy reports to support planning applications