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Built environment

How towns and cities are planned, how buildings are built and the environmental considerations of the spaces around them and the materials used, are some of the most impactful decisions to be made for the benefit of the planet.

A focus on the built environment sits under the UN Sustainability Goals which are focussed on achieving a fair, just and sustainable world for everyone across the planet.

Goal 11 Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, relates to sustainable cities and communities. The United Nations’ website includes information on the reasons for the goal, the targets and further links for resources. It also has good infographics about why it matters and links to the other sustainability goals.

The World Green Building Council is a network of global councils promoting sustainable building development. Their website has information on what makes a green building and how to achieve greener buildings and links to the green building councils around the world.

The London Plan is published and progress can be monitored. The plan affects building developments throughout London.

Planning permission

Sensibly objecting to planning permission applications is a key way you can influence the structure and of your local community. If you’d like advice on how to object to planning permission you can visit The Hub, or make a post in our Facebook group asking for advice.

Building at home

For more information on how to be green in your home, check out our Green Homes page.

Useful links

Local Implementation Plan 3 is available to download from Bromley’s website here. This document, approved by the Mayor of London in 2019 sets out Bromley’s plan for transport and infrastructure in the short and long term. It anticipates a population increase and concludes that therefore transport options must be configured to allow people to better use cycling and public transport to get around as if the population increase is matched with a personal vehicle increase there will be gridlock. The document explains the aims and objectives of Bromley Council for achieving better transportation in Bromley.

A design guide as to how buildings should be designed to meet climate change targets.

Aimed at architects to sign up to to meet the climate challenges for 2030

Adapting the Building For Life 12 pointers to the Building for a Healthy Life.

Good toolkit for adoption by local councils to their planning regulations.

Currently undergoing consultation until 5th October 2020.

These are the current regulations that all buildings being worked on must adhere to. Essential for anyone doing work to their own house or planning a development.

These are updated regularly, a new part L is anticipated next year which will work towards the aim that by 2025 no new buildings will be able to have gas appliances.

The approved documents give guidance on how to achieve Part L compliance. The existing documents are dated 2013. These documents are in consultation currently.

A look ahead to the future requirements of part L.

A useful encyclopedia of building terms.