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Sustainable Design and Construction Statement (SDCS)

What is a Sustainable Design and Construction Statement (SDCS)?

A Sustainability Statement should demonstrate how the proposed development would minimise resource and energy consumption compared to the minimum required under current Building Regulations legislation and how it is located and designed to withstand the longer term impacts of climate change. It should also detail how the proposed development would incorporate decentralised, renewable or low carbon energy sources. All non-residential development will be expected, to achieve a minimum standard of BREEAM ‘Very Good’ (or any future national equivalent). This should be supported by preliminary assessments at the planning application stage.

Policy Driver

  • Craven Local Plan Policies ENV3: Good Design, ENV8: Water Resources, Water Quality and Groundwater
  • The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

 

When Required

  •  All applications 


Minimum requirements

  • A non-technical summary that sets out what climate change mitigation measures have been integrated within the schemes design
  • Details of how the proposed climate change mitigation measures compare to the minimum required under current Building Regulations
  • Where climate change mitigation measures have been discounted the applicants should demonstrate why it is not viable to do so.

Please see our informative guidance note which is available to download SDCS Guidance Note on Content FINAL 18.8.21. The aim of this note is to provide practical guidance on what the Council expects to see in a good SDCS and to help you produce a clear and concise statement, which explains how their proposals accord with policy requirements and achieve the highest possible standards of sustainable design and construction.