Sustainable Design and Construction SPD

The way buildings are designed and constructed has a direct and indirect impact on the quality of our lives and health as well as on energy use, natural resources and our immediate and wider natural environment.

The Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), was adopted in February 2013. The document supports the Local Plan: Strategic Policies (adopted March 2013).

The SPD can be found in the attached files section below. The SPD is considered in determining planning applications. It does not create new policy, but complements the Local Plan and brings together policy requirements and guidance from national, regional and local planning framework that promote sustainable buildings. The SPD replaced the following SPGs:

  • SPG 8b (draft) - materials
  • SPG8c (draft) - environmental  performance
  • SPG8d (draft) - biodiversity, landscaping and trees
  • SPG8e (draft) - light pollution
  • SPG8 (draft) - Ecological impact assessment
  • SPG8i (draft) - air quality
  • SPG 8a (adopted) - waste


The Sustainable Design and Construction SPD was approved for adoption at Cabinet on 12 February 2013.


The public consultation on the draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPD took place between November 2010 and January 2011. The Consultation Statement document can be found in the attached files section below.

Page last updated:

December 1, 2021

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