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New Sustainable Buildings in Bridgend County Borough

Bridgend County Borough Council, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, is seeking ways in which it can facilitate the construction of sustainable homes and buildings across the County Borough which are efficient in their use of natural resources and energy consumption as well as further meeting the energy requirements of these buildings from renewable or low carbon energy systems.

The planning system will be one of the key delivery vehicles to achieving this and there are specific policy requirements in place within the Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) that will help ensure that new development proposals are as sustainably constructed as is viably possible. This, in conjunction with progressive changes in Building Regulations requirements will help to achieve the Welsh Government’s target for all new buildings to be built to zero carbon (and nearly zero energy) standards by 2021.

The Council has produced Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), Sustainable Energy, which expands upon policies in the LDP that require consideration be given to these issues when developers are preparing their planning applications for new development. The SPG comprises:

  • A Design Guide which gives advice on how all new developments can be sustainably designed and constructed as well as minimising natural resource and energy consumption;
  • An Energy Opportunities Plan which provides spatial information on the renewable energy resources available within the County Borough. A high resolution version of the Energy Opportunities Plan is available to download separately below;
  • Technology Guidance on selecting the most appropriate renewable / low carbon energy system for development proposals; and
  • An Energy Assessment Guide with assistance to developers on submitting energy assessment with major applications. These assessments are a specific requirement under Policy ENV17 of the LDP.

To ease the process of submitting energy assessments, the Council subscribes to the Enplanner online tool. This enables developers, for a small fee, to construct an energy assessment online which accords with the Council’s policies. The use of Enplanner is not compulsory and the SPG gives details of the Council’s minimum requirement.

Document Links:

Supplementary Planning Guidance 12 Sustainable Energy

Energy Opportunities Plan - High Resolution Version


Last Updated: 07/07/2015
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