Our climate-related policies and strategies
Our most significant policy document in relation to the environment and climate, is the Council's Local Plan, which has three specific policies in this area.
As part of its spatial vision, the Plan states that by 2030: "Runnymede will be resilient to and mitigate climate change impacts especially by reducing and minimising the risks from flooding, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving water quality and efficiency".
Objective 6 in the Plan includes a commitment to the use of renewable and low carbon energy.
Policy SD7: Sustainable Design
This embeds sustainable design principles to ensure development proposals mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts. This includes:
- incorporation of secure storage for recyclable materials and waste,
- opportunities to achieve net gains in biodiversity as well as greening of the urban environment,
- maximising opportunities for passive solar gain and passive cooling through the orientation and layout of development,
- incorporating electrical vehicle charging points into parking areas,
- achieving enhanced water efficiency standards in new residential development,
- where feasible, providing rain water harvesting techniques, and
- incorporating sustainable construction and demolition techniques which encourages the re-use of construction and demolition waste.
Policy SD8: Renewable and Low Carbon Energy
This sets out the Council's in principle support for proposals for stand-alone and community led renewable, low carbon and decentralised sources of energy.
The policy requires each major development to submit an energy statement demonstrating how the scheme will be:
- Be lean: use less energy
- Be clean: supply energy efficiently
- Be green: use renewable energy.
At larger scales of development, development proposals are required to explore opportunities for connection to renewable, low carbon or decentralised networks. The largest developments are required to make provision for new, on site renewable, low carbon or decentralised networks for third party connection at reasonable market rates.
Policy EE13: Managing Flood Risk
This requires development to be guided to areas of lowest flood risk from all sources of flooding. It also requires development in a flood risk area to be supported by a Flood Risk Assessment which sets out how the development will manage flood risk over its lifetime, considering the impacts of climate change.
The policy also confirms the Council's support for proposals for strategic flood relief measures, including the emerging flood relief measures and channel through Runnymede as part of the wider River Thames Scheme.