Draft: Policies – Energy Efficient Design

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Local Plan Policy D9 – Adopted Polices

  1. 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.
  2. Evidence should be provided in the form of an Energy Assessment which, as a minimum should include the following:
    1. 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;
    2. 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);
    3. Evidence that, as far as practicable, the development’s fabric performance has been improved to minimise energy loss (Fabric Improvement);
    4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Developments of more than 10 dwellings must incorporate 10% of their predicted energy requirements from onsite renewable energy technologies.


One comment on “Draft: Policies – Energy Efficient Design
  1. Peter Darton says:

    TL;DR: New builds should be provisioned with wiring connecting them to at least two independent internet services, providing a high speed internet connection.

    Eliminating the need to commute to work is a major boost to being “eco friendly”, but that usually requires a good internet connection. While new homes are typically connected to the electricity supply, water supply and sewage (all things where an eco-friendly “off grid” option is technically feasible), new homes are rarely connected to the internet (which is the only thing where “off grid” isn’t an option).
    Right now, developers get away with putting in a traditional phone line (with BT) and then telling new homeowners that it’s their responsibility to connect the new home to the internet, leaving the homeowner with large connection charges (if suppliers are willing to connect them at all, as individuals have less influence than a developer creating multiple homes) if they want anything beyond mediocrity.
    It’s more cost effective (and eco-friendly) to involve the incumbents at the outset and have all the cabling to all the houses in the development installed before the roads are surfaced. That will make the new houses are more appealing to folks who work from home (and don’t commute).

    Saffron Walden is fortunate that we’ve got two large incumbent internet suppliers – BT (and its intermediaries) and Virgin Media – we should ensure that they’re involved and supply all new houses with their (best) services (without prejudicing against any newcomers).

    i.e. Developments should ensure that all new properties are set up so that they can obtain good (see note 1) internet connectivity from at least two independent (see note 2) internet suppliers without incurring punitive connection charges.
    Note 1: “good” internet connectivity as in top-tier domestic rates, e.g. 100mbit+ in 2018 terms.
    Note 2: if two suppliers deliver their service through the same medium to the property then they’re not fully independent. e.g. lots of companies re-sell BT’s services, so if a home only has poor provision from BT then it’ll have poor provision from all BT-dependent suppliers.

    At present, if you want modern internet connection to your home in Saffron Walden, you have to have an old house, not a new one – this policy should be extended to ensure that this is no longer acceptable for new builds.

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