Creating Sustainable Buildings and Places Supplementary Planning Document (2015) Proposed update 2021

Creating_sustainable_buildings_and_Places_SPD (_Part1The Council is proposing to update the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) originally adopted in 2015. This is for a number of reasons, including changes in national policy and new and updated local policy. This includes the council’s Climate Emergency declaration in 2019 and ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Climate Emergency Strategic Action Plan sets out an aim for all new homes to be zero carbon or net carbon plus. In order to achieve this, it is crucial for all new development to achieve the highest possible carbon reduction standards as soon as possible.

The SPD supports Core Strategy policy CS1: Addressing Climate Change and Carbon Reduction and policy CS2: Delivering Sustainable Design and Construction.

A key part of policy CS2 is to require Code for Sustainable Homes compliance for new residential development. However, as a result of the Governments Housing Standard Review and Written Ministerial Statement, the Code for Sustainable Homes was withdrawn in 2015. As a result, the Council provided a statement confirming that it would no longer seek Code for Sustainable Homes compliance. This has meant that from the date of its statement, the Council has not required new residential development proposals to comply with energy performance standards in excess of those set out in Building Regulations. However, clarification on whether local planning authorities can set energy performance standards higher than Building Regulations, has subsequently been provided through Planning Practice Guidance. In light of this clarification and under the powers of the Planning and Energy Act, the Council has reviewed its position and will now require Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 equivalent energy performance improvement in standards in all new residential development. It is intended that this will apply to all applications registered after the date that the updated SPD is adopted.

In addition to this requirement, the Council will continue to require new residential development to provide between 10% to 15% of the predicted energy use (depending on development size), to be met through renewable and low carbon energy generation.

In response to concerns around the BREEAM certification process, the Council will expect non-residential proposals to demonstrate how they meet the BREEAM standards set out in Policy CS2 or their equivalent.

A summary of all of the proposed updates to the SPD is provided at the start of the document.

How to Respond:

Respond online.

Comments can be e-mailed to: but please be aware that these take longer to process.

Post: Please only use post if you do not have access to a computer – staff are working from home and do not have immediate access to posted comments. There is no need to duplicate information submitted electronically. The postal address is Planning Policy Team, Post Point 15, First Floor, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston super Mare BS23 1UJ

The closing date for this consultation is 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021 - we look forward to receiving your comments.

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  • Opened
    12 Feb 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    26 Mar 2021 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    31 Mar 2021


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Aim of this consultation -
Close Date 26 Mar 2021 23:59
Consultation Topic
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
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