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Local authorities are increasingly requiring sustainability checklists to be completed as part of a planning application.

Completing a sustainability checklist encourages applicants to consider the impacts that their proposals have on the natural, social and economic environment. In order to comply with a checklist, developers need to consider the checklist requirements during the early design stages to allow for spatial and masterplan implications. Equally, local authorities need to ensure that their checklists are robust enough to deal with emerging policies in Local Development Frameworks and key new sustainability concepts such as the zero carbon agenda.

Our download provides an example of a sustainability checklist and the range of issues that a developer may have to consider.