Sustainable Development Supplementary Planning Document

Congleton Borough Council adopted the Sustainable Development Supplementary Planning Document in April 2005. It is intended to be used in conjunction with, and as a supplement to, the relevant policies contained in the Congleton Borough Local Plan.

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The purpose of this document is to ensure that sustainable development is achieved by protecting environmental assets, offering guidance on sustainable design and layout, environmental protection and water issues, and to advise on the use of sustainable materials and site practices.

The World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs’ (Bruntland Commission, 1987). The concept of sustainable development acknowledges that we must develop both economically and physically, but in a way which can be in accord with the whole range of environmental concerns including nature conservation, energy efficiency, conserving future resources, purity of air, earth and water, archaeology, agricultural land, landscape and countryside protection.

This guidance note has been designed to take into account all possible environmental impacts through the lifecycle of development projects including new homes, business premises, shops, roads and all the other facilities, from initial planning and design stages through construction to operation. Section two of the guidance covers the basic principles of sustainable design and site layout, section three outlines sustainable site practices and use of materials during the construction phase, whilst section four deals with environmental protection of air, water and land and recommends methods of mitigation. The requirements set out in this Guidance Note are not intended to be prescriptive, but to provide developers and applicants with an indication of the Council's expectations.

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