Helping to ensure that new buildings in the district minimise their environmental impact is the purpose of a draft sustainability document published by East Herts Council.
Now the council wants to hear your views on the Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) by 8 October.
Graham McAndrew, executive member for environmental sustainability, said: “Buildings are responsible for almost half of UK carbon emissions and about a quarter of all raw materials used in the economy. It is important we reduce the environmental impact of the built environment, and the design and construction of new development has a key role to play.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2030 and this SPD is an exciting opportunity to have a real impact and help us to tackle climate change, so please have your say before October 8.”
The draft document provides technical guidance on sustainable design and construction to improve the environmental sustainability of new development in East Herts.
It covers a number of topics to encourage a more prudent use of resources, to protect the environment and to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The SPD sets out detailed guidance on how schemes can both meet and exceed policy requirements, encouraging excellence in sustainable development.
You can see the document and some useful FAQs and make your comments at www.eastherts.gov.uk/sustainabilityspd