This report shows how the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes are being used by local authorities to deliver their sustainable development objectives through the planning system. It includes results of a survey of over 200 local authorities across England, and the outputs from a workshop involving 50 local authority planners and others involved in strategic development. Case studies from eight local authorities illustrate the wide range of approaches being taken to overcome the barriers to sustainable development. There are clearly many concerns within local authorities trying to deliver sustainable development, and the report identifies a need for more clarity in policy relating to sustainability and the strengthening of some requirements, particularly building regulations.
Features / Benefits
- Shows how BREEAM, EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes are being used by local authorities to deliver their sustainable development objectives through the planning system
- Draws on a survey of over 200 local authorities and the output of a workshop involving 50 local authority planners and others involved in strategic development
- Includes eight case studies from local authorities
- Changes to the planning system
- Sustainable development, policies and regulation
- What are BREEAM, EcoHomes and the Code for Sustainable Homes?
- How can BREEAM help?
- Sustainability checklists and GreenPrint
- Potential barriers to success
- Analysis of local authority use of BREEAM
- Case studies
- The Workshop 'Sustainability through planning' , July 2007
- Discussion and Conclusion
- Recommendations for further action
- Related legislation
- Government consultation documents
- Further reading
- Acronyms and glossary of terms
- Appendix 1: Note of the Workshop held at BRE on 17 July 2007
- Appendix 2: Living within our limits: Reducing the environmental footprint of new development in the Wycombe area. A draft supplementary planning document.
- Appendix 3: South Gloucestershire Council experience of using BREEAM