Sustainable Buildings Guidance for Planning Applications

This guidance provides information that will assist applicants, developers, householders and officers in the progression towards higher levels of energy efficiency and carbon reduction in development schemes in the District. The document was produced following the approval of the Interim Policy Aspiration on Climate Change and is also relevant for the emerging Local Plan Part 1 Policy CP13.

Applicants should refer to the guidance when formulating their schemes for development. The checklist of Carbon Reduction Measures at Appendix Two should be used to show how the scheme addresses the aims of the Interim Policy Aspirations and should be submitted with the planning application.

The document outlines various carbon reduction measures that could be utilised. The guidance also provides general information regarding Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM requirements and local and national planning policies in relation to energy and water efficiency. The document also discusses the evolution of zero carbon definitions and the likely requirements emerging from government.