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The Portsmouth Plan contains a policy (PCS15) on sustainable design and construction.

We have produced an SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) on this topic which is a guide for developers. The SPD explains our standards for sustainable design and construction, how they can be complied with and sets out what information will need to be submitted with planning applications.

On 25 March 2015, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made a Ministerial Statement setting out a number of proposed changes to the way that local standards for housing design and construction could be applied as a result of the Housing Standards Review.

A briefing note is available below setting out how the council will take the proposals in the Ministerial Statement into account when considering development proposals which are affected by Policies PCS15 and PCS19 of the Portsmouth Plan as well as both the Sustainable Design and Construction and the Housing Standards SPDs.

If you have any queries about the SPDs please email planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or you can call us on 023 9268 8633.

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