Planning guidance that will help improve the sustainability of new buildings is to be discussed by Brighton & Hove's environment committee on Thursday, 27 May.
The committee will decide whether to adopt the guidance so that it can be used alongside planning applications to improve the quality, energy efficiency and environmental consumption of new buildings.
Brighton & Hove City Council has been running a pilot with developers on a 'checklist' covering everything from the natural environment and energy saving to transport and waste. Developers generally welcomed the checklist as being helpful when drawing up plans and their contributions, together with those from the public consultation, have been incorporated into the guidance.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said, "The checklist is a useful starting point, not only for developers, but also for planners in assessing whether a building is of sufficient quality. Not only will buildings look good, they will be well insulated and play a part in helping to conserve precious resources." The guidance asks developers to consider the wider environment such as the protection of wildlife habitats, air pollution, sustainable energy, the use of recycled construction materials and access to public transport and other services like medical facilities and schools.
All applications over five units or 500 square metres would be assessed using the checklist. It is recommended that these developments should also provide high quality design, a variety of home, work and community uses, and employment and training opportunities.
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