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Policy ST05: Sustainable Construction and Buildings

Local Plan, North Devon, North Devon and Torridge Local Plan, Sustainable Construction, Torridge

(1) All new major development proposals will make a positive contribution towards the creation of resilient and cohesive communities and ensure that built and environmental assets can adapt to and be resilient to climate change.

(2) Non-domestic development of at least 1,000m2 will be expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

(3) All new major development will be encouraged to build to a standard which minimises the consumption of resources during construction and thereafter in its occupation through:

(a) incorporating passive design measures to reduce overall energy demand and improve energy efficiency through the design and layout of the site;

(b) connecting to any existing or proposed decentralised energy scheme or developing a scheme individually or jointly within a specified time frame;

(c) maximising opportunities for renewable and low carbon technologies; and

(d) using locally sourced and/or recycled materials in construction where they are available and represent a viable option.

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