Welcome. The Sustainable Development Scorecard is a means of assessing a development's contribution to the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Schemes at all stages of the planning application process can be tested using the Scorecard, however the tool is designed to steer best practice therefore it is encouraged that a scheme be tested more than once throughout pre-application in order to reflect a proposals evolution and improvement in sustainable development.

It is acknowledged that not all developments may be suitable for analysis using the Scorecard. Large infrastructure projects and small domestic extensions are likely to be outside the remit of the Scorecard's guidance. The use of the Scorecard is primarily aimed at residential, commercial and retail projects, since these types of developments are often required to demonstrate their compliance with the NPPF's definition of sustainable development.

If you're unsure about whether the Scorecard can be used for your project, please use the contact form to get in touch with the Scorecard team.

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