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East Suffolk Council has outlined its expectations on housing developers for sustainable construction measures such as renewable energy, water efficiency and reducing waste.

East Suffolk Council’s cabinet last week agreed a sustainable construction supplementary planning document – a document which sits alongside its local plans and must be considered when determining applications.

The council had a document from 2013, but that only covered the Waveney portion of the district. The new plan will supersede that and bring its policies up to date.

East Suffolk Council. Picture: Jason Noble LDRS
East Suffolk Council. Picture: Jason Noble LDRS

The document says it is not about setting building standards, as they are determined by building regulations, but 'includes information about how sustainable construction methods and materials used in new development can reduce the construction and operational impact on our environment, wildlife, climate change and health and wellbeing'.

David Ritchie, Conservative cabinet member for planning, said: “The supplementary planning document contains guidance on a range of topics, including water efficiency and management, energy efficiency and carbon reduction, materials, waste, the design and orientation of buildings, designing buildings with nature in mind, renewables and low carbon energy schemes, construction methods, and healthy buildings designed for environmental sustainability and the wellbeing of occupants.

“Supplementary planning documents in general do not add new policies or set new requirements, the SPD seeks to provide guidance and further detail that will help with the implementation of relevant policies in the local plan.

David Ritchie, Conservative cabinet member for planning and coastal management at East Suffolk Council. Picture: East Suffolk Council
David Ritchie, Conservative cabinet member for planning and coastal management at East Suffolk Council. Picture: East Suffolk Council

“On adoption, the sustainable construction supplementary planning document will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.”

James Mallinder, Conservative councillor for Deben and cabinet member for the environment. Picture: East Suffolk Council
James Mallinder, Conservative councillor for Deben and cabinet member for the environment. Picture: East Suffolk Council

James Mallinder, cabinet member for the environment, added that it was about East Suffolk 'showing leadership' on the environment.

Among the measures in the document are supporting the retention of buildings rather than demolition where feasible, orientating buildings to make the best use of natural light and heat, and water efficiency standards for shower installations.