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East Hampshire Local Plan

Buildpass investigates… the East Hampshire Local Plan.

July 17, 2020

Andrew Sadler

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler

The East Hampshire District Council Core Policy.

The week we are looking at The Joint East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park Authority Core Policy, comprising the Strategic Policies and the Detailed Policies and Proposals, was adopted on 26th June 2014, in particular Policy CP24: Sustainable Construction and Policy CP26: Water Resources/Water Quality

Sustainable Construction and Water Resources 

Planning permission will generally be granted for development which on completion meet Code Level 5 for domestics developments and BREEAM ‘Excellent’ on non-domestic and multi-residential developments.ts the following minimum Code for Sustainable Home threshold level, and equivalents for non-residential development (unless proven to be financially or technically unviable). It should be noted that whilst Code for Sustainable Homes is no longer in operation we have found that there is a precedent for requesting the equivalent of Code Level 4 in both Energy and Water, i.e. 19% reduction in Carbon and water efficiency measure in place to achieve 105 litres per person per day.

In  addition developments should also provide at least 10% of energy demand from decentralised and renewable or low carbon energy sources (if possible, including connections to a district heating system), unless it is proven that this is not feasible or viable;

Major areas of development must ensure that their on-site renewable or low carbon energy production and resource efficiency is maximised. Where on-site proposals to achieve higher levels of carbon reduction are not feasible or viable ‘allowable solutions’ should be used.

Draft Local Plan 2017 – 2036

Like many local authorities The East Hampshire District Council are currently in consultation over the new Draft Local Plan 2017 – 2036. The local plan is to be updated to include the latest guidance provided by the central Government, especially around climate change. It is expected that this draft plan will start to influence planning decisions going forward.

The Draft Local Plan only covers areas in East Hampshire outside of the South Downs National Park. This includes Alton and the surrounding area as well as Whitehill & Bordon and the southern parishes of Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle. The Draft plan includes the following topics.

Planning for Climate Change

The Local Planning Authority will require all developments to be resilient to climate change. All development should adopt appropriate climate change adaptation measures such as:

Renewable and Low Carbon Technology

Renewable and low carbon energy schemes will be supported and encouraged, and will be approved where their impact is, or can be made, acceptable.

The incorporation of renewable energy into developments will be encouraged, particularly as part of major schemes. The retrofit of renewable energy and use of micro-renewables will also be supported in appropriate buildings and locations.

The Local Planning Authority will actively support community-led or supported renewable and low carbon energy schemes that meet the identified needs of local communities to offset their energy and heat demand. 

Resource efficient design 

Under Policy DM28 new developments are expected to contribute to addressing climate change through low carbon design. Development which is intended to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings or provide low or zero carbon energy will generally be supported.

Development proposals which involve the construction of new homes or an increase in non-residential floorspace will be granted planning permission where:

Non- residential development

Proposals for nonresidential development will be granted where they achieve the standards of the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), where scheme under 500sqm gross floor are will be encourage to undertake a BREEAM Assessment whilst projects over 500sqm will be required to achieve at least a Very Good rating.

Residential development

Proposals for residential development will be granted where they achieve reductions in CO2 emissions of 19% of the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) compared to the Target Emission Rate of Part L of the Building Regulations; and

New housing will be required to demonstrate that it meets a water efficiency standard of no more than 110 litres per person per day, unless it can be demonstrated that doing so is not technically feasible or would make the scheme unviable; and

As such, the Local Planning Authority heavily encourages the assessment of residential development proposals under one or both of the following tools:

AECB Building Knowledge
BREEAM New Construction


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