Above: the One Planet Council 2015 annual gathering
The Welsh Government has a unique policy to support One Planet Development. Here is how it works:
Through Technical Advice Note 6 (TAN 6) and Planning Policy Wales (PPW) it sets out land use planning policies to support sustainable communities, at present in a rural context.
Section 4 of TAN 6 defines One Planet Developments as applying Low Impact Development principles in the Welsh context and being exemplars of sustainable development. It stipulates the following characteristics of a ‘One Planet’ Community:
- Affordable housing for various sizes of household;
- Buildings that are at least Zero Carbon throughout their entire life-cycle;
- An initial ecological footprint of 2.4 global hectares per person or less and clear potential to move towards 1.88 global hectare;
- Carbon analysis;
- Close-to-zero waste;
- 100% renewable energy;
- Land-based enterprises to satisfy around 65% of the minimum needs of the occupants;
- Rainwater harvesting, both for fresh water drinking and for other purposes;
- Greywater and Blackwater ecological treatment with nutrient recovery;
- Provision to protect against extreme weather events such as flooding or drought;
- Low or zero carbon transport plan;
- An increase in biodiversity caused by the planting of more native species;
- Assessment of impact on the local community;
- Encouragement of the use of Welsh language and culture.
This is a link to a PDF briefing paper on how One Planet Development supports the duties of public bodies under recent Welsh legislation.
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