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Sustainable design and construction

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Building for Tomorrow Today on sustainable design and construction has the following aims and objectives:


To provide practical guidance for design and construction projects within Leeds aiming to achieve the highest possible levels of sustainability to support the city in achieving it’s social, economic and environmental goals.

To support developers in realising projects that:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Successfully adapt to climate change;
  • Have a minimal impact on overall environmental quality;
  • Provide inclusive development to all users.

The document gives guidance to developers on the following topics, based on the categories and environmental issues covered by the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM.

  • Site appraisal
  • Design considerations
  • Energy and CO2 emissions
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface water run-off
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health and well-being
  • Management
  • Ecology

The guidance is based on local evidence, existing good practice and includes top tips, a number of local case studies and sources of further information. Opportunities to adapt development to future climate change are highlighted to increase the resilience of Leeds to unavoidable climate change.

The SPD is available as a download on this page as a full document or by topic. Paper copies cost £20 (plus postage), or can be collected from the Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD. Cheques should be made payable to Leeds City Council.

If you’re interested in finding out what we’re doing with partners and communities across the city to deliver various carbon reducing projects, click on the external link to our Low Carbon Leeds blog.​

Click to expandDo you have a list of sustainable buildings in Leeds?

Buildings in Leeds are changing all the time. The SPD contains numerous case studies of examples of sustainable buildings in Leeds.

Click to expandDoes the guidance apply to all development in Leeds?

The guidance applies to major development in Leeds; developments of 1,000 or more square metres or 10 or more dwellings (either new build or conversion if feasible).

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