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Sustainable planning guide for local authorities

Local authority planning leaders have launched a guide on how to reduce the environmental impact of new developments.

Planning Policies for Sustainable Building contains guidance to help councils adopt planning policies that ensure the impact of new buildings on the environment during construction and over their whole life cycle, is minimised.

The report, aimed at planners and developers, includes information on cutting waste, making more efficient use of materials in construction, and increasing the recycling of household and commercial waste.

It was commissioned jointly by the Local Government Association (LGA), Planning Officers Society, Waste & Resources Action Programme, Planning Advisory Service, Sustainability Forum and the London borough of Enfield.

With many local authorities and regional planning bodies currently revising their planning policies, the LGA encouraged councils to use the guidance and model policies as a common starting point.

It has been published as a web based consultation document, with a final printed version available in August.

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