Nottingham City Council recently consulted on the draft document 'The Reduction of Carbon in New Residential and Commercial Development Informal Planning Guidance'. The consultation period ran for a 6 week period ending on Monday 29 November (5pm) 2021. 

This Informal Planning Policy Guidance seeks to support the City Council’s agreed Action Plan to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2028. It provides further guidance on the policies of the Aligned Core Strategy and Land and Planning Policies Document (LAPP) and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

Primarily, it explains the implications of Policies CC1 to CC3 in the LAPP, however, it is important to note that other LAPP policies are also relevant when considering carbon such as those relating to transport, landscaping and biodiversity. It seeks to explain and encourage the incorporation of carbon reducing techniques in new development, building on existing Local Plan policies. 

Under this Guidance all new applications for development of 10 or more homes or commercial development of 1000 m2 and above will be required to be supported by a Carbon Reduction/Energy Statement, demonstrating how the proposed development contributes towards the City Council’s carbon neutral objective. The Statement will cover energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable design and construction.  

View the document by clicking the image below.


The 6-week consultation period closed on Monday 18 October to Monday 29 November (5pm) 2021. 

The Council will review all comments received and consider whether changes to the draft informal planning guidance are required. Please note that representations cannot be kept confidential and will be available for public scrutiny. However, representations that are available for public scrutiny will exclude your personal contact details. For more information about how we process your data please view our Privacy Notice at

If you would like any further information on the guidance please contact the Planning Policy Team by emailing

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