Planning Policy and Checklist
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||Supplementary Design & Planning Guidance 19 (SPG19) And Sustainable Development Checklist
Background to SPG19:
Policy BE12 in the Brent Council Replacement
Unitary Development Plan (UDP) sets out the requirement for proposals
to embody sustainable design principles. Supplementary Design &
Planning Guidance 19 (SPG19) provides additional guidance for developers
on taking this policy forward.
Scope of SPG19:
The Guidance covers the main environmental
aspects of sustainability in relation to development projects; energy,
water, materials, landscaping, construction & demolition practices,
waste and pollution.
A Sustainable Development Checklist has also
been produced for development proposals, to indicate their level of
sustainability. It integrates the environmental aspects above, with the
social and economic aspects of sustainability set out in Brent's UDP and
Application of SPG19:
SPG19 is now a material consideration in
determining planning applications for proposals meeting or exceeding the
• Tall Buildings, 1000 sq.m. floorspace, 10 residential units;
• Sensitive uses i.e. housing, health, education in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs); and
• Schemes involving demolition of the above.
For such proposals a completed Sustainable
Development Checklist form should be submitted with the planning
application. Householders are also encouraged to apply the principles of
sustainable design and construction, although SPG19 will not be applied
to householder applications such as lofts or domestic extensions.
Background to Sustainable Development Checklist:
The sustainable development checklist allows
a development to be scored against a range of sustainable development
issues. It also provides guidance on the significance of scores
achieved and likely actions that will be required by the authority.
The checklist references relevant UDP and SPG policies.
Benefits of the Checklist:
• It makes applicants (and officers) more aware of
what sustainable development means and the sorts of proposals they
should submit, or seek to deliver locally.
• It allows the likely effects of proposals to be identified and potentially improved.
• It integrates environmental and socio-economic
factors of sustainability. Schemes that have multiple benefits on all
these aspects will score best.
• It provides a 'level playing field' - will be used on all schemes at, or above, the SPG19 threshold.
Scope of Sustainable Development Checklist:
The checklist covers the following topics:
• Land & Building Reuse
• Site Location & Public Transport Accessibility
• Meeting Social & Economic Needs Locally
• Design Of Development:
• Energy Conservation
• Energy Efficiency
• Ventilation & Lighting
• Renewable Technology
• Water Conservation & Recycling
• Space & Roof Design
• Landscape/External Works
• Materials Use
• Construction & Demolition
• Operational Pollution
The checklist is now in use, and there are several
applications already being processed by Brent Council that have been
required to complete it.