Advice for Planners and Developers

The UK-GBC Green Building Guidance Task Group has created these documents to help Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and the new neighbourhood forums to understand sustainability issues, to ensure they achieve a balance between requiring robust sustainability standards but also ensuring development remains viable.

The documents are also intended to be useful to developers, who can use the same set of questions when developing planning applications. The advice is intended for use at the local plan making and outline application stage of the planning.

The documents also signpost to places where planners, developers and neighbourhood forums can seek advice about specific issues and examples of good practice and case studies.

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Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Ben Hopkins, Bennetts Associates

As the previous commenters have said, this is a very useful piece of guidance, which covers a lot without being unwieldy. For this reason it’s not only great for developers and planners but also local council officers and community groups (who in some areas are far more likely to be pressing for green issues). I've heard from them that the NPPF references in particular will be very helpful for framing discussions with planners in the future.


Thursday, 21st March 2013

Matthew Rhodes, Encraft Ltd

There are some very useful questions and links to further resources in this set of documents. I think the guidance is pitched at the right level, giving local planners the flexibility to develop specific responses to specific development proposals, which is critical.

The questions should also act as a useful checklist for developers.

This is a big and very important area for low carbon buildings and I was glad to see the UK GBC not seeking to be too prescriptive. I think the local planning system should be seen as an asset to Green Building rather than a barrier, and the more ways we can find to support and educate planners the better.

I am bound also to recommend Enplanner, which is our (Encraft/Carbon Trust) toolkit for dealing with the energy aspects of planning applications - there is a link to this resource elsewhere in Pinpoint. (


Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Dieter Gockmann, EPR Architects

EPR Architects has found this guidance extremely helpful in our efforts to initiate and guide informed dialogue between Clients and local planning authorities. This in turn has led to a better understanding of the viability and integration of the sustainable aspirations for our projects.
We have also developed the guidance to use as a basis for our design and access statements to ensure the sustainable aspects of our projects' are adequately secured as part of the relevant planning consents.



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