Ambitious new green guidelines for developers introduced
Released: Friday, 30 August 2019
All major developments across Adur will have to meet strict and ambitious eco-friendly targets as part of a wider bid for the area to go carbon neutral by 2030.
Just weeks after declaring a climate emergency across the area, Adur District Council has adopted new planning guidance aimed at reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from homes and businesses in the area.
Currently heating and hot water for buildings account for 40% of UK energy use and 20% of greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of a wider bid to reduce those levels, the Council will seek to ensure that new major developments meet high environmental standards.
It also aims to encourage those carrying out improvements to existing homes or commercial buildings to consider eco-measures, such as solar water heating, photovoltaics, wind turbines, battery storage and heat pumps.
Councillors believe the move will ensure the delivery of low carbon growth while increasing future energy resilience and helping to deliver local and national objectives.
Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“Adur may be one of the smallest local authorities in the UK but that does not mean that we cannot think big and ensure that future developments are among the greenest in the country.”
“This new guidance will make sure that the new homes, work spaces and community buildings created on the limited land we have will meet the highest possible standards.”
The new policy, which is known as the Sustainable Energy Supplementary Planning Document, will run alongside the Adur Local Plan, which was adopted in 2017 and will guide development across the area until 2032.
Central to the document are three key aims: be lean (use less energy); be clean (supply energy efficiently); and be green (use renewable energy).
An example of this is a commitment to renewable and low carbon decentralised energy, which is produced close to where it will be used, rather than at a large remote power station and sent through the national grid.
Large scale battery storage is one of the ideas proposed to meet this requirement. The Council is also exploring the potential to develop a district heating network in Shoreham to deliver affordable and low carbon heating to homes and businesses in the town.
The report notes that every proposed development within the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Area, which stretches along the River Adur from Shoreham to Portslade, will need to meet the new eco guidelines.
Outside of this area, all major developments - which are sites of ten or more properties or 1,000 square metres of commercial floorspace in size - will be required to show they match up to the standards.
The Council also makes clear that the policies and principles are minimum standards and proposals which exceed them, such as zero carbon development, will be welcomed.
The move feeds into the authority's SustainableAW programme, which includes a commitment to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and reaching the UK100 Cities target of 100% clean energy by 2050.
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