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Draft Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

North Hertfordshire District Council has prepared a draft Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide information as to our sustainability expectations for development in North Herts and to offer good practice guidance to residents and developers when developing proposals and submitting planning applications.

The draft Sustainability SPD has been prepared to support policy SP1 (Sustainable Development in North Hertfordshire), policy D1 (Sustainable Design) and other relevant policies in the adopted Local Plan.

Moreover, the Council declared a climate emergency in May 2019 and an ecological emergency in July 2023 and committed to ‘do all reasonable in the council’s gift to aim for carbon neutrality by 2030.’ A Climate Change Strategy (2022-2027) was subsequently developed establishing a framework for action to tackle climate change in the District.

The draft Sustainability SPD will be published for public consultation from 9am on 4 January 2024 to 5pm on 16 February 2024.

The draft Sustainability SPD is available to view in the document list below or at the Council Offices during normal opening hours.

Our preferred method for accepting your representations is through our website. There are guidance notes to help use the software which are available on the website.

You can also send representations by

  • email:
  • post: Strategic Planning and Projects Group, North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW.

Please note that representations to the consultation will be made available for public inspection. Your name will be published on the Council’s website and in publicly available documents once the consultation has closed. We will not publish addresses or email addresses.

Any representation submitted in relation to the SPDs may also be accompanied by a request to be notified of the adoption of the document.