Local Plan Policy D9 – Adopted Polices
- Development proposals for both commercial and residential buildings should demonstrate that they have applied the Energy Hierarchy, as set out in the Local Plan and, in doing so, have achieved a Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) which is 19% lower than the Target Emission Rate (TER) required by Building Regulations Part L 2013 Edition.
- Evidence should be provided in the form of an Energy Assessment which, as a minimum should include the following:
- A calculation of the energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions for the proposed buildings using approved Building Regulations software and carried out by a qualified energy assessor;
- Evidence that, as far as practicable, the development’s design has been optimised to take into account solar gain, glazing proportions and external shading (Design Optimisation);
- Evidence that, as far as practicable, the development’s fabric performance has been improved to minimise energy loss (Fabric Improvement);
- Evidence that renewable energy sources have been considered and incorporated into the development where it is feasible and economic to do so.
Additional SWNP Policies
- In light of the conclusions of the Uttlesford Viability Study June 2018, the policy D9 for minimising carbon dioxide emissions in the Regulation 19 Local Plan shall apply without exemption in Saffron Walden.
- Developments which offer environmentally sustainable design and construction which goes above and beyond the Local Plan Policy D9 will be prioritised over other developments which do not.
- Developments of more than 10 dwellings must incorporate 10% of their predicted energy requirements from onsite renewable energy technologies.