Sustainable Construction SPD Consultation

The South Downs National Park Authority is consulting on the draft 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.

The Sustainable Construction SPD is available to view here and can also be viewed at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

A draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) screening report on the draft Sustainable Construction SPD has been sent to Historic England, the Environment Agency and Natural England for comment.

The consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks, commencing on Monday 27th January 2020. All comments must be received by 5pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.

We would like to hear your views on the document. Please respond by email to or in writing to Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

After the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered in reviewing the draft SPD prior to adoption.