Enfield Borough Council
Planning Policy, Guidance and Checklists
Enfield Borough Council has developed a coherent strategy to support sustainable design and construction through:
• Planning policy,
• Sustainability assessments (for minor and major applications)
• Guidelines (for developers, and for households).
The Council is currently piloting the assessment methodology.
Planning policy SDC1 states:
'Applicants for planning permission must
ensure that the design and construction of their proposed developments
have regard to the principles of sustainability, insofar as these relate
to the built and natural environment. Applicants are required:
• To demonstrate this by means of a
Sustainability Assessment accompanying their proposals, the detail
required varying according to the scale and nature of the development;
• To show, in the Sustainability Assessment,
that they have taken appropriate account of the matters contained in the
Design Statements on sustainable design and construction issued by the
There are 3 Sustainability Assessments:
Major Applications : ' Sustainability Assessment over 10 dwellings or 500m 2 floor area '
Issues are broken under the headings: minimising energy consumption and
associated emissions; ensuring the efficient use of land and
infrastructure including remediation of previously-developed sites;
minimising the generation of waste by providing adequate,
integrally-designed facilities for the storage of recyclable materials;
Incorporating good access by cycle and foot; and by persons of all ages
and physical ability; minimising water consumption and discharges of
waste water and sewage; reducing the risk of crime; Adopting methods to
protect important flora, fauna and/or topographical features during
construction and to minimise disturbance to local amenity; adopt methods
to maximise recycling and re-use of existing buildings and materials,
and to minimise waste generation during demolition and construction.
Minor Applications : ' Sustainability Assessment under 10 dwellings or 500m 2 floor area '
Issues are broken under the headings: Minimising energy use;
accessibility; minimising water consumption; safety and security;
biodiversity; efficient resource use and waste minimisation during and
after the construction; use of external accreditation.
Householder planning applications : ' Sustainability Assessment for householder planning applications '
Issues are broken under the headings: energy conservation and
minimisations; water conservation and efficient water use; reducing
waste and use of sustainable materials; reducing crime; and
There are 2 sets of guidelines:
Guidelines for Developers : ' The Sustainable Design and Construction Guide for Developers and Building Professionals '.
This document sets out sustainable design and construction
considerations within the framework of the RIBA design stages A to F.
Guidelines for Householders : Greening Your Home - Householders Guide to Sustainable Design and Construction.
This documents sets out advice within under the headings of: building
extensions; loft conversions and conservatories; improving and
decorating your home; improving your garden; What to ask when buying a
new home; grants; finding a green builder or architect.