Creating a sustainable built environment is essential to enable people to live and work within environmental limits, whilst maximising quality of life.
Creating the link with developers
We have helped many developers and land owners understand sustainability and spatial planning by working with them throughout the pre-planning application stages.We work closely with the developer to undertake projects that benefit the community and the economy as well as minimising environmental impacts.
We have found that once developers understand the benefits they can bring to an area, they become enthusiastic about implementing sustainable practices throughout their schemes and operations.
We have been involved in helping many developers achieve low or zero carbon developments that also provides a range of benefits and assets for the wider community.
Our work with landowners, developers and farmers in providing a full range of environmental planning services has resulted in many positive planning applications that have been fully integrated into the vision for the proposal, whilst being both innovative and deliverable.
We apply ‘real world’ thinking in identifying the opportunities and constraints in achieving sustainable developments, whilst finding innovative, cost effective and well thought out solutions.
Our aim is to help people understand the scope and possibilities that national and local planning policy can provide in creating sustainable developments and spatial planning policies.
At the strategic level we work with agencies and authorities to help improve their sustainability performance throughout the plan making process.
We also work with landowners and developers to identify sustainability issues and benefits of projects as they develop, and provide any necessary reports and studies to accompany planning applications.
Applying BREEAM Communities
A land owner and social entrepreneur in Lincolnshire had long wished to provide an extension to their village as a means to breathing new life into the area and to create a range of homes, businesses, open spaces and community facilities that would result in a vibrant place to live, now and in the future.
Our approach was to use the BREEAM Communities methodology as firstly this put the community at the heart of the plans for the extension, and also the sustainability criteria were flexible enough to allow for rural situations (not all local and national criteria is suitable for such areas).
We are managing the BREEAM process, handling the community consultation, ecological impact assessment, and other elements of the technical work.
Making a community sustainable involves a lot of research into firstly how the community works and interacts and then applying the right solutions to fit their situation. BREEAM Communities also rewards innovation, and so far we are pushing the methodology into the area of village planning by working alongside, and contributing to, the parish Village Plan process. Our experiences and results will be fed back to the BRE for their information and evaluation.