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SCOTS REPORT ON ENERGY CONSERVATION AND PLANNING

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Decisions on whether to retain or replace buildings should take account of energy implications, planning authoritie...
Decisions on whether to retain or replace buildings should take account of energy implications, planning authorities should take a lead in co-ordinating local energy conservation measures, and mixed developments to reduce the need for travel are amongst the recommendations in a research report on energy conservation and planning published today by The Scottish Office.

The report was prepared by Howard Liddell and Drew Mackie of Gaia Planning. The main conclusions are:

-- development should be located with an eye to exposure, orientation, shelter and cold air flow

-- landscape treatment should be used with landform to maximise energy benefits

-- there should be relaxed attitudes to mixed use where activities can sit well together and reduce the need for travel

-- decisions to retain or replace buildings should take account of the energy already embodied in their materials and construction

-- planning authorities should take a lead in co-ordinating local energy conservation measures and partnerships

-- The Scottish Office should consider preparing a Planning Advice Note, and these issues would carry greater weight if incorporated in National Planning Policy Guidelines

The report was commissioned as an initial proposal rather than planning advice, and expresses the consultants' own views. It has been published to inform the current debate on the planning implications of energy conservation, and will be of interest to developers, planning authorities and members of the public.

The Scottish Office will be discussing the report's findings with interested parties to explore whether further advice should be prepared.

-- Energy Conservation and Planning: a report by Gaia Planning for The Scottish Office Development Department, is available in the Central Research Unit series (ISBN 0 7480 5138 4), price £10 from HMSO Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AZ, Tel: 0131 228 4181.

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