SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

we can help you achieve a sustainable design

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The UK planning system understands that it has an essential part to play in guiding development that is sustainable. In particular, the government has specified three distinct roles for it to engage — parts that are jointly dependent and therefore should be undertaken together: 

  • an economic role – contributing to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy, by ensuring that sufficient land of the right type is available in the right places and at the right time to support growth and innovation; and by identifying and coordinating development requirements, including the provision of infrastructure
  • a social role – supporting strong, vibrant, and healthy communities, by providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations; and by creating a high quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being
  • an environmental role – contributing to protecting and enhancing our natural, built, and historic environment; and, as part of this, helping to improve biodiversity, use natural resources prudently, minimise waste and pollution, and mitigate and adapt to climate change including moving to a low carbon economy.

We incorporate sustainability into our clients’ projects and planning applications. Where relevant, we always promote features that minimise the impact on the environment, including energy-efficient measures and solutions which promote biodiversity and ecology.

We align local authority sustainability agendas with any specific priorities that our clients have. We recognise the importance of obtaining value for money in all development projects – and we promote only those sustainable measures which are appropriate, realistic, and deliverable.

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