Sustainability Statements are a common requirement across the UK. We deliver bespoke reports, ensuring a successful planning application.
This Energy Statement will look to demonstrate how the developer will address specific local objectives, like CO2 emissions or renewable energy targets. This may be achieved with efficient fabric (construction), efficient heating, ventilation and lighting, and the use of renewable technologies.
The statement can take many forms, but it should generally be prepared at pre-planning stage and accompany your application.
It is important to note that planning departments have very different policies – from ‘London Plan’ guidelines to renewable energy targets set by local councils.
You can be assured that our sustainability consultants will deliver a bespoke sustainability statement to satisfy your particular policy requirement.
What is a Sustainability Statement?
A sustainability statement is a report to demonstrate how a scheme will address local ‘core policies’ set by your council. To determine your local policies, you may:
- View the local authority policy documents online
- Request pre-planning advice and guidance specific to your proposal
- Speak directly to your sustainable planning officer
If information is hard to come by, and we are not already familiar with your local requirements we are very happy to speak to your planners to ensure that they will receive what they need. This also ensures that you get an accurate idea of costs and timescales.
A sustainability statement will typically cover all aspects of development form, which can contribute to securing high standards of sustainable development.
The core energy strategy is the most crucial aspect of any statement – this will demonstrate how the scheme will address renewable technology obligations (usually a target percentage between 10-40%), and CO2 emission targets.
Many authorities, for example London Boroughs, will require some consideration of local decentralized energy networks (i.e CHP) and how the proposed scheme may either connect to existing infrastructure, or provide new supply.
For a more detailed article please read our blog piece on Energy Statements
Sustainability Statements – Tailored To Fit
It is essential that any report you commision is targeted to your specific planning authority. Generic reports – often no more than glorified brochures – serve no purpose, risk flat refusal and provide no value to the client when it comes to delivering the scheme.
Depending on the size of the development, measures to reduce construction and demolition waste and increase recycling, and promote the procurement of low-impact materials may be required. effects on the biodiversity of the site can be mitigated with ecology reporting.
We may also look in more detail at designing to increase the use of natural lighting.
Designing buildings for flexible use and adaptation to reflect changing lifestyles / needs is now also a common theme, as is the principle of whole life costing.