GREEN ROOFS AND PLANNING
Regeneration and development offers the chance to employ new sustainable construction techniques, to help us respond to the threats caused by climate change and urbanisation.
The guidance to achieve sustainable development it set down in PPS1 of the National Planning Policy 2004.
PLANNING POLICY STATEMENTS
PPS01 - Delivering Sustainable Development - which amongst other things identifies sustainable developmentas the core purpose underpinning planning.
PPS03 - Housing - which promotes more sustainable modes of construction and delivery.
PPS09 -sets out planning policies on the protection of biodiversity through the planning system suggestingthe mitigating of land lostto development by replacing it elsewhere.
PPS25 - suggests local Planning Authorities should prepare and implement planning strategies that help todeliver sustainable development by reducing flood risk through the use of surface water management plans,green infrastructure for flood storage, conveyance and SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems).PLANNING POLICY STATEMENTS
PPG02 - Green Belts - which are protected where better use can be made of land and buildings within existingurban areas.
PPG17 - Planning for open space, sports and recreation - to which recreational roofs can make usefulcontribution.
Flooding, increasing temperatures in urban centres, lack of green space and declining biodiversity are onlya few of the problems faced by planners today. From a planning perspective green roofs tick all the boxes,helping to satisfy a range of needs of a planning application for instance:
sustainable drainage (SUDS)- they slow rainwater runoff acting like a sponge.
reduced energy consumption by keeping buildings cool in summer, which in turn lowerscarbon dioxide emissions.
improve biodiversity by creating green spaces.