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Sustainable Construction SPD Consultation

The South Downs National Park Authority is preparing a Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD provides further guidance to support the implementation of the South Downs Local Plan policies, in particular Policy SD2: Ecosystem Services, Policy SD3 Major Development, Policy SD22: Parking Provision (where it relates to electric vehicle charging), Policy SD48 Climate Change and Sustainable Use of Resources.

The SPD therefore supports Local Plan Objective 6: To adapt well to and mitigate against the impacts of climate change and other pressures. It covers a number of detailed matters relating to new development including: energy and water efficiency, the use of low or zero carbon energy, use of sustainable materials, minimising waste and measures for adapting to climate change.

Once adopted, the SPD will be a material consideration for relevant planning applications.

The SDNPA consulted on a draft of the SPD from January – March 2020.  The SDNPA has considered the responses received during the consultation and amended the SPD as considered necessary.

The SDNPA has prepared a Consultation Statement in accordance with Regulations 12 (a) and (b) of the Town and Country (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, and is making the amended draft SPD and Consultation Statement available for comment from Tuesday 19th  May to Tuesday 30th June 2020 prior to the SDNPA adopting the SPD.

If you would like to comment on the amended Draft Sustainable Construction SPD or Consultation Statement, please respond either:

  • by email to;
  • Or in writing to Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

The SDNPA has screened the draft SPD as to whether or not a Strategic Environment Assessment or Appropriate Assessment is required. This determination statement was also available during the consultation period.

The documents are also available to view at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH.