Our planning principles

Staff planning at Boxhill, Surrey © Jason Ingram

Staff planning at Boxhill, Surrey

These planning principles are used in everything we do to help guide us in our decision making about planning:

1. Seeking to influence
We will seek to influence the Planning system at local, regional and national levels in accordance with our statutory purpose and will promote an integrated approach to sustainable development.

2. Supporting spatial planning
We will support spatial planning which takes a holistic approach to the environment and its resources, which plans long-term, which looks at the landscape, catchment or coastal ‘cell’ scale, and which takes into account climate change implications.

3. Sensible management
We will promote the wise management of the natural environment and built and cultural heritage, for this and future generations, and will support high design quality.

4. Protecting our environment
We will seek to protect wild and remote landscapes from built development or urbanisation, especially where it impacts on our properties.

5. Using property management plans
In managing its land through property management plans, we will support and help to achieve the objectives of any designated landscape, wildlife, or historic sites and arenas.

6. Objecting to proposals, where appropriate
We will object to land use or marine-based proposals that have a significant adverse impact on its properties and their settings and context, or in its wider interests.

7. Using a sustainable construction approach
When proposing development on our land to meet justified needs, we will use a sustainable construction approach, for example by minimising resource use and generation of waste, being energy efficient, minimising or preventing all types of pollution and risk of flooding, safeguarding important wildlife, landscape and historic interests, respecting local/regional distinctiveness, where practical supporting local sources for goods and services, and encouraging community involvement and access.