– This classic definition of the term comes from the Our Common Future report from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987
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:
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.