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Draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPD consultation

The consultation runs from Monday 15 July until 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019.

The planned growth for Greater Cambridge provides an exciting opportunity to create sustainable and vibrant new communities that contribute to meeting national targets set out in the Climate Change Act.

The adopted 2018 Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan contain a suite of policies that will help to ensure that new development in the area reduces its environmental impact. These include minimising carbon emissions, flood risk, pollution and pressure on resources such as water and helping to protect and enhance biodiversity.

To ensure that these policies are implemented as effectively as possible, guidance is required to ensure that the correct information is submitted alongside planning applications, demonstrating how policy requirements will be met.

A draft Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) [PDF, 4.5MB] has been prepared to provide additional technical guidance on the implementation of these policies.

The draft sets out the information that should be submitted with planning applications to demonstrate how schemes meet the Councils requirements. In providing such guidance, it will ensure that new development contributes to meeting the challenges posed by our changing climate, including:

  • Contributing to carbon reduction targets and reducing fuel poverty
  • Ensuring that new development is adaptable to our changing climate
  • Ensuring that new development makes efficient use of resources
  • Ensuring that new development contributes to the health and wellbeing of new and existing residents

The focus of the document is on providing guidance on existing adopted policies. The councils’ aspirations for net zero carbon will be developed as part of work on the Emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan.

When adopted, the Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD will become a significant material consideration in determining any planning applications.

The draft Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD was approved for consultation by our Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee on 25 June. South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet approved it on 1 July.

A public notice [PDF, 0.1MB] has been published concerning the consultation on the draft SPD.

Have your say

We want to know what you think about the draft SPD. You can have your say online, or print and send us a response form.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 23 September.

Any comments submitted can be accompanied by a request to be notified of the adoption of the Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD.

The draft SPD is being consulted on along with the following accompanying documents:

In accordance with Regulation 12 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, this consultation statement [PDF, 0.1MB] provides a record of consultation undertaken during the production stage of the SPD, prior to formal public consultation.

The draft SPD and supporting documents will be available for inspection throughout the consultation period. Visit our customer service centre or South Cambridgeshire Hall during business hours.