Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Consultation

We're currently consulting on a draft Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) until 8 October 2020

Buildings are responsible for almost half of UK carbon emissions and about a quarter of all raw materials used in the economy. The environmental performance of the built environment needs to improve and the design and construction of new development has a key role to play.  Planned growth for East Herts provides an exciting opportunity to create sustainable new development that contributes to national and local climate change targets.

The District Plan (2018) incorporates a suite of policies to help ensure that new development in the district reduces its environmental impact- minimising carbon emissions, flood risk, pollution and pressure on resources. The draft Sustainability SPD supports the implementation of these District Plan policies by providing technical guidance on sustainable design and construction to improve the environmental sustainability of new development in East Herts. It sets out detailed guidance on how schemes can both meet and exceed policy requirements across a range of topics:

  • Energy and carbon reduction
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Water efficiency
  • Pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable transport
  • Waste management

The draft SPD can be viewed below alongside the Consultation Statement and Environmental Screening Statement that was prepared to determine whether the proposed SPD should be subject to Strategic Environment Assessment:

Some useful Sustainability SPD FAQs provide further information about the context and scope of the SPD.

Consultation - have your say

This is your opportunity to comment on the draft SPD. We're consulting on the draft SPD for 4 weeks from Thursday 10 September until 5pm on Thursday 8 October 2020. To view and make comments please visit the Council's Consultation Portal.

Alternatively you can download a comment form and return it by email to or by post to: Planning Policy, East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

In light of the Covid 19 Pandemic we will not be providing paper copies of the consultation documents at viewing points, due to office closures and social distance measures. All documents are available to view on the above website, as set out in the Statement of Availability. However, if you require an alternative way of accessing these documents please email or call us on 01279 655261.

Next Steps

Following the consultation, the comments received will be considered and any necessary changes will be made. The final SPD will then be considered by the Council, for adoption in early 2021.