Consultation on the Draft Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Closed 6 Sep 2019

Opened 19 Jul 2019

Feedback updated 8 Jan 2020

We asked

A draft document on improving standards of sustainability in new buildings, to implement the policies of the Local Plan, was subject to consultation.

You said

There were 17 comments on the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which dealt with various aspects of the document.  Summaries of the comments can be seen in the Statement of Consultation.

We did

A revised version of the SPD was adopted on 16th December 2019, which took the results of consultation into account.

Results updated 8 Jan 2020

A Statement of Consultation provides an individual Council response to each comment received, whilst an Adoption Statement lists the changes that were made to the document. 



Reading Borough Council is now consulting on a new version of its Draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPD until 6th September 2019.
We have recently prepared a new Local Plan, which introduces more stringent expectations for new development in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency, and which is expected to be adopted in October.  The Council recently declared a climate emergency, and improving the performance of new buildings is an essential part of the response to this.  The Sustainable Design and Construction SPD includes more detail about how development should comply with these expectations.
We are seeking comments over the next seven weeks. The draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPD is available below and hard copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU (between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays) and in all Council libraries (during normal opening hours).
We welcome any comments that you have. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 p.m. on Friday 6th September 2019. Responses should be sent by e-mail to: or by post to: Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU. 
We intend to take your comments into account in producing a final draft of the SPD that will be considered for adoption in November 2019.  Once adopted, it will be used in making decisions on planning applications. We look forward to receiving your comments.


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