Sustainability Priniciples

“Organisations all over the world are using the tried and tested One Planet Living model to reduce their environmental impacts and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. With ten guiding principles One Planet Living is comprehensive and flexible, allowing organisations to develop their own solutions to the sustainability challenges that they face.” One Planet Living, BioRegional and WWF

These ten One Planet Living guiding principles underwrite the whole approach to the creation of the Eco-Leisure Proposal at Thoulstone Park and the site’s owners believe that their vision for the site will bring to reality a host of sustainability principles that are also fundamental to the UK’s planning system.

The introduction to the UK National Planning Policy Framework states that: “The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development…”

This has three dimensions, namely economic, social and environmental.

Embodiment of Sustainability Principles and Dimensions

The ten One Living Planet sustainability principles and the economic, social and environmental dimensions underpinning the UK National Planning Policy Framework will be applied to the Thoulstone Park Eco-Sustainable Community in the following ways:

Energy

  • A comprehensive commitment to renewable energy provision
  • The use of energy efficient facilities, products and infrastructure
  • The design and construction of well insulated and energy efficient buildings
  • The use of heat recovery systems where appropriate
  • Community shared heat and power where appropriate

Waste

  • Waste avoidance and minimisation as a key target
  • Minimised waste during construction stages managed through a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP)
  • Recycling of onsite building materials
  • Provision of dedicated space for recycling facilities
  • Provision of onsite composting

Transport

  • Layout designed to facilitate pedestrian movement to all site facilities
  • Vehicular access within the site will be restricted as far as possible
  • Footpaths and cycle routes will be provided to link with the local network where possible

Building Materials

  • Materials with low embodied energy will be specified and used, together with products meeting certified eco-credentials
  • Buildings will be subject to whole life cost analysis and will comply with the highest practical levels of sustainable building codes

Food

  • Creation of a sizable market garden complemented by an area of perma-culture producing organic food for onsite consumption
  • Sheep grazing within the site
  • Planting of a village orchard
  • Possible creation of a community garden

Water

  • Water (within permissible limits) used on site will be sourced from groundwater or rainwater harvesting
  • Provision of black and grey water recycling and treatment facilities
  • Integration of comprehensive sustainable drainage system for water storage and management
  • Use of water efficient products and facilities
  • Improvement and enhancement of existing water features on-site

Biodiversity

  • Transforming a disused site into one of rich biodiversity
  • Retention, as far as practicable, of key, important habitats
  • Creation of a wide range of new and enhanced habitats to increase biodiversity of the site
  • Integration of diverse habitats with community space
  • Key priority species will be targeted for habitat enhancement
  • The project expects to work closely with conservation bodies such as the RSPB, The Woodland Trust, Hawk and Owl Trust, and Pond Conservation Trust

Culture and Community

  • Establishment of a development which sets a benchmark for ‘eco community’ living, integrating with the socio economic life of the local area
  • Provision of a central building as a reference point for all aspects of the development and community
  • Inclusion of a community hall as a multi functional cultural facility for presentations, exhibitions and performances
  • Displays and interactive facilities to educate visitors

Equity and Economy

  • Creation of a commercially viable venture within which users, residents and visitors will commit to adhering to the eco-community objectives
  • Reinvestment of a proportion of commercial income into the continuing enhancement of the site
  • Provision and creation of tourist and leisure based facilities at the heart of the development
  • Governance will be via a Trust which reinvests proceeds towards the further evolution of the site
  • A board of trustees, including resident and local community representation, will oversee ongoing compliance with the site’s living principles and guide the re-investment of proceeds towards the project’s further evolution

Health and Happiness

  • Provision of a high standard of living, combining opportunities for a range of healthy recreational and leisure activities
  • The integration of buildings with the natural environment
  • Significant areas of accessible and high quality natural green space
  • Availability of site grown food