Supplementary Planning Documents

Sustainable Development SPD

In September 2009 the Council adopted its second Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), the Sustainable Development SPD. It covers various aspects of delivering sustainable development through the planning system, dealing with sustainable design and construction, energy, waste management, water resources and drainage. It provides detailed guidance and supporting information for the public, developers, planners, architects and other agents in submitting and considering planning applications.
 
In October 2013 Cabinet Members agreed the scope of a partial review of the Local Development Framework (LDF). Included within this was the need to provide more detailed policy guidance on renewable energy developments. At a Members’ Workshop in June 2014 it was agreed that the best way to achieve this was through a revision of the Council’s Sustainable Development SPD.
 
The adopted SPD has now been revised to include new chapters on Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, Commercial Onshore Wind, Combined Heat and Power, Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Hydroelectric and Microgeneration. The remainder of the SPD has been updated to bring it more in line with current guidance and best practice.
 
The SPD has also been screened to establish if it is likely to have any significant effects on the environment. The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report indicates that the SPD is unlikely to have any significant effects on the environment.

A meeting of Cabinet on 16 December 2014 approved the document for consultation for six weeks from 19 December 2014 to 30 January 2015. Comments received on the Draft SPD were summarised in a report to Cabinet in March 2015and the document was adopted on 7 April 2015.

Sustainable development documents

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