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Climate Change SPD Consultation

20th September 2023


Spelthorne Borough Council is consulting on a new Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD support the Local Plan. It sets out the Council’s expectations for applicants and encourages development that responds proactively to the climate emergency with appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures.

Although the UK Government has committed to Net Zero Carbon at a national level by 2050, Spelthorne Council has declared a climate emergency, with an ambition of achieving Net Zero carbon status by 2030. This is supported by Spelthorne’s Climate Change Strategy 2022-2030. The SPD is a key part of the Council’s efforts to implement the strategy and achieve its overall Net Zero goal. It will provide guidance on the following areas:

  • energy use – including the energy hierarchy and renewable energy systems
  • water – including sustainable drainage systems, managing flood risk and greywater use
  • building design – including orientation and layout to maximise potential for renewable energy generation
  • transport – including walkable and low car neighbourhoods
  • green infrastructure – including planting species selected for climate resilience
  • materials and construction – including reduction of embodied carbon lean design and sustainable material choice

The consultation is open from 18 September – 16 October. You can view the Climate Change SPD and complete the questionnaire by visiting

Copies of the Climate Change SPD can also be viewed:

  • on the Council’s website at
  • at Spelthorne Borough Council’s offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB during normal office hours
  • at Ashford Library, Shepperton Library, Staines Library, Stanwell Library and Sunbury Library

If you do not have online access and need a paper copy of the questionnaire, please email or call Customer Services on 01784 451499 and ask to be transferred to the Strategic Planning team.

Cllr Malcolm Beecher, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, said: “We must all play our part in tackling the climate emergency. To do so requires examining many aspects of how we live, including how we develop and manage the buildings, places and spaces around us. Please take the time to read the Climate Change SPD and let us know your views.”