A. Proposals incorporating the measures to deliver environmentally sustainable design to reduce energy consumption and mitigate the effects of climate change as outlined below and subject to other policy expectations of this Plan, will be supported. Building design should improve the sustainability of development through:
a. Siting and orientation of buildings to optimise passive solar gain ;
b. The use of high quality, thermally efficient building materials;
c. Installation of energy efficiency measures such as loft insulation and double glazing;
d. Reducing water consumption;
e. Non-residential developments should aim to meet the Buildings esearch Establishments BREEAM building standard ‘excellent’ and
f. Construction methods which include measures to reduce water consumption during construction, including dust suppression and use of water for cement
mixing and turf establishment.
Alterations to existing buildings, including the sensitive measures to alter historic buildings demonstrating designs to achieve energy reduction and compliance with current sustainable design guidance and construction standards will be supported.



Changes to the environment are already having a tangible effect as global mean temperatures rise. The design of development has a major role to play in reducing these impacts from adverse to neutral, and then moving towards the government objective of net environmental gain. Every development should therefore strive to become self-sufficient in energy input and waste output. That may mean being prepared to go beyond the current regulatory minimum in applying best standards and practice.
This policy seeks to promote development that has been designed to anticipate and respond to the effects of environmental change (especially climate change) on local quality of life.


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