Council blueprint on sustainable building

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DEVELOPERS are being encouraged to create more sustainable buildings with a new council planning guide.

The Sustainable Building Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed guidance on the acceptable design of domestic and commercial development.

The document will require all planning applicants to submit a new checklist to show how they will make their development as sustainable.

It outlines how modern initiatives such as renewable energy, water efficiency and waste reduction, as well as sustainable transport options, should be used in building design.

It is hoped the SPD will help developers mitigate the impact of climate change by providing clear guidance on highest standards of resource and energy efficiency.

The plan was approved by cabinet members at a meeting on December 14 and will now go through a 12-week consultation period to give local residents, developers and other key stakeholders the chance to comment on it.

The consultation will run from December 16 until March 9.

Cllr Steve Wallis, portfolio holder for the environment, said, “The way new buildings are designed in Eastbourne has a crucial role to play in how we, as a town, militate against climate change and help reduce energy and water usage.

“The Sustainable Building Design Supplementary Planning Document is an important blueprint guide for anyone seeking to develop in Eastbourne, and will ensure Eastbourne continues to lead the way in protecting our natural environment.

“I would urge anyone who has an interest in building policy or the environment to take the time to view the draft SPD during the 12-week consultation so that we arrive at the most suitable final version.”