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We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved BREEAM Communities Interim (Step 1) certification for development proposals on land West of Horton Heath on behalf our client, Horton Heath Ltd, in the Borough of Eastleigh. The achievement of the BREEAM Communities certification contributed to Eastleigh Borough Council resolving to grant outline planning permission at Committee in June 2015.

BREEAM Communities looks beyond design and construction sustainability issues and seeks to assess a much broader range of key topics at masterplanning stage, including social & economic well-being, resources and energy, land use and ecology, transport and community engagement. Focusing on sustainable masterplanning early in the development process can create more environmentally friendly and desirable places to live.

Working closely with Horton Heath Ltd and Savills, 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 submission of the outline planning application for up to 950 dwellings, employment and education uses.

We also contributed to the success of the planning application by providing energy and sustainability statements that highlighted appropriate methodologies to achieving planning policy requirements. The strategies set out within the statements were guided and enhanced by the BREEAM Communities methodology.

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 Horton Heath seeking a score of at least 70% to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.