Greengage were appointed to prepare a Sustainability Statement to accompany the planning application for the proposed redevelopment of this site. The site proposed for redevelopment consisted of one large retail use building, two smaller retail/manufacturing buildings, a large office building, and car-parking provision.
The outline proposal was for the existing buildings to be replaced by a mixture of A1 and A3 retail units, a health and fitness facility, and a hotel. Car parking provision would be given for approximately 190 spaces.
Greengage’s Sustainability Statement encompassed a review of the proposed development against key national, regional and local targets and objectives to determine whether sustainable principles were being met.
Due regard was given to the sustainability design issues detailed in Rushmoor’s Sustainable Design and Construction SPD, showing that the proposed development would contribute to the sustainable development of the Borough.
The proposed development is in a sustainable location with good access to public transport links; careful consideration was given to energy and water efficiency; and the landscape design to bring enhanced ecological value to the site. In addition, the proposals represented an efficient utilisation of previously developed land aimed at increasing the vitality of the local area by providing opportunities for the community to work, shop and exercise.
Greengage also confirmed with the local authority, through a detailed screening study and production of a formal EIA screening letter, that a formal Environmental Impact Assessment was not required for the proposed development on this site. This saved the client time and money making the application process more cost effective.