Supplementary Planning Guidance / Documents
The planning system has the potential to play a key role in influencing the sustainability of the demolition & construction industry. Non-statutory Supplementary Planning Guidance / Documents give local planning authorities the chance to set out in detail how statutory policies of the local plan will work. This guidance is therefore key for the implementation of overarching planning policies, especially those related to sustainability, waste, and minerals management.
There are few examples of guidance which strongly influences the supply chain in terms of resource efficiency in demolition, refurbishment and the new build. At a local level this does exist in fragments across the UK, as outlined below:
Planning Conditions & Agreements
On the basis of SPGs, planning conditions & agreements can be used to implement more sustainable demolition and construction practices, supporting the delivery of local policies. Specifically this could include requiring the adoption of the ICE Demolition Protocol methodologies, where the Protocol provides a framework for negotiating an agreed resource recovery solution for redevelopment projects - involving both new build and demolition.
Implementing the Demolition Protocol Through Planning Conditions
The figure below summarises the steps involved in implementing the Demolition Protocol by applying planning conditions. This requires a number of steps where the developer & project team are required to produce defined outputs. The key to successful implementation will be a willingness for all parties to work flexibly and pragmatically.
The Construction Management Scheme, as referred to in the figure, summarises how the developer and design team will, in general, implement good practice. This could include environmental management related to the control of vibration, dust and noise, as well as adoption of resource efficiency tools such as the ICE Demolition Protocol. Through planning conditions, this approach has been demonstrated on the Wembley Redevelopment.