Influences Upon Sustainability

The purpose of this guidance is to help deliver high-quality sustainable development which integrates innovation in design. It establishes a methodology for the process which identifies appropriate development densities, how places are designed and how they should respond to community needs. These requirements are set out in a series of development criteria:

  • Spatial criteria
  • Building and site criteria
  • Community criteria
Development Criteria Sustainability objectives
Spatial Criteria  Walkable neighbourhoods and good access to public transport
Resource efficiency in use of land density
Improving local services and job opportunities
Mixed-use development
Buildings and site criteria     Minimising waste
Reducing pollution
Sustainable construction, sustainable drainage and energy efficiency
Water conservation
Conserving and enhancing biodiversity
Smart infrastructure and connectivity
Community criteria   Mixed communities
Social cohesion
Neighbourly urban design
Safe public places

Page updated: 22/11/2023

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