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Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy SPD

Read the Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy SPD (PDF) [2MB] .

This SPD contains guidance for Local Plan policies that cover:  

  • climate change 
  • sustainable design and construction 
  • low and zero carbon energy 

It supersedes the 2011 Sustainable Design and Construction SPD, which we've now withdrawn.

The document contains: 

  • an overview of the relevant policies 
  • the information you should submit if you're applying for planning permission 
  • a questionnaire for non-major developments (you can also  open the questionnaire in Word (Word doc) [62KB]
  • guidance on sustainable design and construction best practice 

We also carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA). Read our  determination statement (PDF) [433KB] .  

We adopted the SPD on 22 September 2020. Read the meeting minutes and public consultation comments we received.

You may also wish to read our adoption statement (PDF) [85KB]  or our consultation statement (PDF) [355KB] .

Notice of Withdrawal for the 2011 SPD

In accordance with Section 15 (2) of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) Guildford Borough Council hereby gives notice of the withdrawal of the Sustainable Design and Construction SPD (2011). The SPD has been withdrawn because it has been superseded by the Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy SPD (2020).