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‘Good practice guidance: sustainable design and construction’, has been put together by cross-sector collaboration, led by BRE, and which the TCPA contributed to.
Its aim is to assist plan-making and development management in support of local planning authorities’ statutory duty to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, of which sustainable design and construction is an integral part.
This guidance has been produced for use by local planning authorities in England, together with landowners, developers, businesses, town and parish councils, community groups and others.
The guidance cannot cover all planning policy issues that have a bearing on sustainable design and construction. Some of this material, including flood risk, is dealt with in the Technical Guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework. It should also be considered alongside other guidance available on climate change, green infrastructure and the natural environment.
The guidance was developed following an independently chaired event held at BRE Watford in December 2011 attended by representatives of a range of developer, environmental, government, community and professional interests. There was a consensus that there was a need for good practice guidance on sustainable design and construction to underpin the NPPF, not least to avoid a proliferation of local sustainability standards and assessment methods that could confuse users of the planning system.