What are we consulting on?
We are are consulting on the content of the Energy Efficiency, Retrofitting and Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which is designed to ensure that new developments and improvements to existing buildings are as environmentally friendly as possible. We want your opinions on the approaches to the three main topics in the document, and the practical guidelines and resources that we are providing for each area.
This document and public consultation process is part of a wider planning policy update, and we would encourage anyone responding to this consultation to also find out about and consider those areas.
Who are we consulting and why?
We are consulting all those who have an interest in energy efficiency in buildings in our area: tenants, homeowners, landlords and letting agents, developers, architects and other built environment professionals.
How to take part
Complete our online questionnaire by the end of 18 October 2021.
What happens next?
When the consultation closes, we will review and analyse all the responses, as we produce a final draft of the Energy Efficiency, Retrofitting and Sustainable Construction SPD.
The council cabinet member who is responsible for Planning will make the final decision on adopting the SPD (or making it into official B&NES planning policy), and there may be minor edits.
We are currently hoping to adopt this SPD at the same time as our Local Plan Partial Update. Due to the differences between statutory processes for LPPU and SPD consultation , we may adopt this SPD before the LPPU adoption is finalised.