(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.