A new advisory document has been released which will aid people in making planning applications for sustainable development on open countryside in Wales, but which could potentially also lead to change in the uk and abroad.
These developments, referred to as One Planet Developments must:
- commit to provide for the income, food and energy needs of all the inhabitants, and manage their own waste
- have either a positive or neutral effect on the environment, demonstrated through a footprint calculation each year, known as the Ecological Footprint Analysis (EFA)
What the New Guidance CoversIt is usually almost impossible to gain planning permission for undeveloped land. Building your own One Planet Development offers a viable and satisfying way to live on open countryside, in harmony with the environment. This doesn't mean that you won't still be very closely monitored by planning officials, and there are some very important criteria that you must meet. The new advisory document explains in plain terms how to get started, laying out:
- the practical requirements to complete a successful planning application for a One Planet Development
- how to prepare a Management Plan (explained in more detail below)
- the requirements of the Ecological Footprint Analysis (EFA) which is used to monitor the success of the development