City Council’s energy policies given the green light

CSE-backed Core Strategy set to be implemented

28 April 2011

The process of helping to reduce the carbon output in the Bristol area has reached a major milestone, as the Planning Inspectorate recently approved Bristol City Council’s Core Strategy.

Two years ago, CSE carried out a piece of work for the Council on behalf of their ‘Bristol Citywide Sustainable Energy Study’ – and was instrumental in helping to shape the policies in the Core Strategy around sustainable energy provision.

The study also included a review of Bristol’s sustainable energy resources and looked at how these may relate to future targets for carbon reduction across the city.

Following the study, a number of key energy-related policies were taken forward and included in the Council’s final document, submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last year. These include:

  • BCS13 – an overarching statement on how development should mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • BCS14 – a policy to increase the utilisation, distribution and development of sustainable energy, which includes a 20% renewable energy requirement on new development to be implemented as part of a general hierarchical approach for both energy supply and demand, and the provision of heating and cooling
  • BCS15 – a policy to encourage sustainable design and construction within new development.

To view the full Core Strategy, visit the Bristol City Council website.

Martin Holley and Joshua Thumim led the work on behalf of CSE and gave evidence to the Examination in Public of the Council’s proposed strategy. As Martin explains: “The policies place a particular emphasis on developing the infrastructure to secure delivery of district-wide heating networks within the Heat Priority Areas which were identified in CSE’s study. These areas are thought to hold enhanced opportunities for district heating and will be vital in achieving both the city’s sustainable energy targets and future national requirements for zero carbon developments.”

The Council is now developing more detailed guidance on how these policies should be implemented – particularly in relation to submitted planning applications for new development.

The Core Strategy is the overarching policy document which sits within the Council’s Development Framework – a document that planning departments across the country are required by law to produce. The strategy contains policies which will then guide development and growth for an area, and set out the key elements of the planning framework which, in Bristol’s case, will lead up to 2026 and beyond.

To view CSE’s previous work on this project, view the project profile, here.

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