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We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved our first BREEAM Communities certification at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak, in Eastleigh Borough Council.

Working closely with Bloor Homes and the Highwood Group, both of whom demonstrated a strong commitment to BREEAM Communities from the outset, the BREEAM Communities Step 1 process was undertaken in parallel with the Outline planning application, which last week achieved a Resolution to Grant. The scheme is for up to 330 new dwellings and a new community building.

The BREEAM Communities Step 1 certification does not provide a score or rating, but demonstrates that the development has been planned to date in accordance with all mandatory BREEAM criteria, which seek to go significantly further than normal statutory requirements.

The next stage of BREEAM Communities is to achieve full certification (Steps 2 & 3), which would normally be undertaken in parallel with Reserved Matters applications. Credits are accrued at this stage of the assessment, with Crowdhill Green seeking a score of 70% to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

BREEAM Communities looks beyond the traditional sustainability issues and seeks to assess a much broader range of key topics, including:

  • Governance
  • Social & Economic Well-being
  • Resources & Energy
  • Land Use & Ecology
  •  Transport & Movement
  • Innovation

The benefits of BREEAM Communities are wide-ranging, but the scheme places particular emphasis on early community engagement and consultation.  A clear understanding of the link between sustainability and planning from the outset can not only encourage more environmentally friendly development, but can also create more desirable places to live and work.