Is your Planning Application Green?

The Government has stated that the purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. Sustainable development is most often defined as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Therefore as climate change will have a direct effect on future generations the battle to combat it has brought sustainability issues to the fore.

Climate change is an important issue for the Government requiring immediate action and the planning system should fully support the transition to a low carbon economy and the decisions we make on individual planning applications will form part of this process.

In order to promote sustainability through the planning process the Council has adopted its own Interim Policy Aspirations.

When submitting proposals to the Council therefore applicants should have regard to these policies and explain how they have been addressed in their application. Guidance has been produced to assist in this process - 'Sustainable Buildings Guidance for Planning Applications' .  This includes a checklist that applicants should use in association with their planning applications, to show how they have addressed the various carbon reduction issues.

Furthermore, there will also be incremental changes to the building regulations to improve the sustainability of buildings in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

In order to improve understanding of sustainability and climate change issues, and for details about help and assistance which may be available to householders, businesses and developers, we have included the links below which provide further useful information.