This supplementary planning document sets out the standards required to meet the visions, objectives and policies of the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans as sustainably as possible. It comes at a critical time in the approach to climate change and the environmental crisis by both local and national government, and after Parliament revised the 2008 Climate Change Act to bring carbon reductions to 100% by 2050, a target that both local authorities recognised earlier in the year. The consequences of the increased emphasis on zero carbon will influence every aspect of decision making with the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, and it is within this context that this SPD offers guidance on the implementation of the adopted local plans………..

…..The SPD sets out the guidance to assist applicants in producing their Sustainability Statement and associated Checklist, together with other documents required to support planning applications. The checklist enables applicants to show that specific design guidance has been considered on issues such as carbon and energy reduction, water conservation, biodiversity, reduction of light and noise pollution, flood reduction, sustainable drainage methods, heritage assets conservation, design principles supporting walkable and inclusive communities and much more.’ Click here to down load the report

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