• Sustainability Appraisals (SA) / Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

    Eastbourne Employment Land Local Plan

    Jam was commissioned to review the Sustainability Appraisals of the Employment Land Local Plan(ELLP), which had been produced as part of the Development Plan for the Borough. Following the review of the SA and representations received by the Council, flaws were idenitified in the approach taken to the ELLP and the SA. There were also concerns in the representations that not all reasonable alternatives had been assessed and that the SA had not selected the most sustainable option for development. A Revised SA was therefore produced by Jam in order to ensure that all reasonable alternatives were assessed in a consistent and robust manner.

    Eastbourne Employment Land Project Sheet

    Brookhay Villages & Twin Rivers Park

    Brookhay Villages and Twin Rivers Park (BV&TRP) is a development proposal for a 'Garden City' approach to a new settlement in Staffordshire. The site crosses the boundaries of two local authorities; East Staffordshire Borough Council to the north and Lichfield District Council to the south. Jam was instructed by BDW Trading Ltd to undertake a review of the Sustainability Appraisals of the Local Plans for both Councils in relation to the absence of a site allocation in the Local Plans. In November 2014, the Inspector agreed with Jam in his interim findings that the Sustainability Appraisal in support of the Local Plan was deficient as a source of evidence both in respect of its technical adequacy and legal compliance.

    Brookhay Villages & Twin Rivers Park Project Sheet

    Hinckley & Bosworth Council

    Hinckley & Bosworth Council commissioned Jam to prepare a Sustainability Appraisal of the Submission Draft Earl Shilton and Barwell Area Action Plan. The AAP supports the Core Strategy (Local Plan) and provides the detailed planning guidance for development in the areas of Earl Shilton and Barwell for the period up to 2026. The Core Strategy identified Earl Shilton and Barwell as Sustainable Urban Extensions.

    Earl Shilton & Barwell AAP Project Sheet

    Haringey Council

    Haringey Council appointed Jam to provide advice on sustainability and planning issues from January 2012 - 2014. The role included reviewing the Sustainability Appraisals (SA) that were prepared in support of the Core Strategy (CS) as well as undertaking a review of the previous SAs for the Development Management and Site Allocations Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and the preparation of new SA reports.

    Haringey Council Project Sheet

    Davenport Green

    Royal London Asset Management commissioned Jam to undertake a review of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council's (TMBC) Sustainability Appraisals (SA) of the Core Strategy with specific attention to the assessment of options and the development site at Davenport Green. Davenport Green is a greenfield site adjacent to the Green Belt, which had been allocated as a Major High Amenity Site for employment use in the Unitary Development Plan. TMBC had rejected Davenport Green as a development site as a result of the SA process and proposed returning it to the Green Belt.

    Davenport Green Project Sheet

    Southwark Council

    Jam has provided specialist sustainability advice and input on a range of Council documents including:

    • Sustainable Design & Construction SPD
    • Sustainability Assessment SPD
    • Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Core Strategy
    • SA of the Aylesbury, Canada Water and Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plans
    • SA of the Dulwich and Bankside, Borough and London Bridge SPDs
    • Expert witness on sustainability at the Examination in Public on the Core Strategy

    Southwark Council Project Sheet

    Fleet Marston

    Jam was appointed to review Aylesbury Vale District Council's Sustainability Appraisal process that had been undertaken in support of the Core Strategy - the development plan for the area. The review identified some significant flaws in the process. Jam also undertook a Sustainability Appraisal of the Fleet Marston proposals to identify the impact of incorporating the site within the Core Strategy. The findings were presented at an Examination in Public in March 2010. Subsequently the Planning Inspector instructed the Council to review the Core Strategy and consider an option for growth that included Fleet Marston. The Council subsequently withdrew the Core Strategy.

    Fleet Marston Project Sheet

    North Staffordshire

    Responsible for the Sustainability Appraisal of the Urban Design Guidance supplementary planning document to ensure that the principles of sustainability had been integrated into the joint design guidance for Newcastle under Lyme Borough and Stoke on Trent Councils.

    North Staffordshire Project Sheet
  • Sustainable Master Planning / Development Frameworks

    Deptford Creekside Charrette

    Jam was selected to be the sustainability specialist within a multidisciplinary design team in order to produce a draft masterplan for the regeneration of the Deptford Creekside area through a collaborative planning technique or 'charrette process'. Jam was responsible for developing the sustainability strategy for the area. The masterplan is intended to inform future detailed planning guidance for the area. The project was short listed in the category of 'Best Conceptual Project' at the London Planning Awards 2009/10.

    Deptford Creekside Project Sheet

    Oxley Park

    Three design teams were selected to test the principles for the development of a low carbon emission neighbourhood at Oxley Park in Milton Keynes on behalf of English Partnerships (EP). The Oxley Park Development was a pilot project aimed at testing the viability of a sustainable suburban development model. It is intended that the model will not only act as a benchmark for other sites but also serve as a compelling model for enlightened suburban development. A development brief was produced, which set out the objectives for creating a sustainable community and the requirements that developers would need to meet to achieve these objectives.

    Oxley Park Project Sheet

    Shoeburyness

    Carried out a study into the development options for the 74 hectare MoD site in order to contribute to the regeneration of Shoeburyness in terms of the capacity for new homes and jobs in the area. The site forms an important part of the Thames Gateway regeneration initiative under the Sustainable Communities Plan. It was, therefore, necessary to examine the sustainability of the development options in particular the impact upon transport, microclimate, landscape and ecology as well as the social and economic implications of the development.

  • Planning Applications / EIA

    Fleet Marston

    Jam was instructed by Barwood, with PHA Consult, to prepare a Sustainability Statement for an outline planning application for Fleet Marston, a sustainable urban extension to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The site is situated to the north west of Aylesbury, alongside the A41 (a primary public transport corridor) and the railway line and covers approximately 176ha.

    Fleet Marston Project Sheet

    Centre For Creative Excellence

    A Sustainability Statement was produced in support of the outline planning application for the development of a Centre of Creative Excellence on 72.3 hectares of land on the South Seaham reserve site in County Durham. The proposals included a total of approximately 140,000 m2 of development comprising film studios and ancillary facilities, educational facilities, student accommodation and hotel and leisure uses. The development represents an innovative form of new development in the creative commercial and educational sectors that will stimulate inward investment and be an exemplar of sustainable development.

    CCE Project Sheet

    Crystal Palace Park

    The development was the subject of an outline planning application, to create a 21st century Park, which reflected Paxton's original ideas, whilst responding to todays concerns and opportunities. The requirement for a Sustainability Statement is set out in the Mayor of London's Supplementary Planning Guidance 'Sustainable, Design and Construction' and the London Plan, which were used in the sustainability assessment of the proposals. The proposals aim to reflect the historic feeling of openness within the park, providing a new strong focus to attract visitors again. This has been combined with the need to create a sustainable park where the contrasting aspects of technology and nature are integrated throughout.

    Crystal Palace Project Sheet

    Vivian Avenue

    Preparation of a Sustainability Statement to accompany the detailed planning application for the demolition of a sports and social club, erection of 72 sheltered housing units and construction of a new sports and social club. The statement was produced in accordance with the London Borough of Brent's Sustainability Checklist for development.

    Wales International Business Park

    Commissioned to prepare a Sustainability Statement to accompany the outline planning application for a proposed International Business Park on a 100 acre site to the North West of Cardiff. The proposals included around one million square feet of campus style business space within a parkland setting as well as a Regional Transport Hub to improve public transport in the area and encourage more sustainable travel patterns. It is hoped that the scheme will become an exemplar of sustainable development.

    WIBP Project Sheet

    Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Sustainable Development advisor for the redevelopment of part of Great Ormond Street Hospital, including the demolition and rebuild of one block and the refurbishment of another. Responsible for a sustainability brief for both the design team and the Hospital Trust. Provided advice on the sustainability policies of the NHS, the Government, the Mayor for London and the Local Authority (London Borough of Camden). Advice was also provided on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings and the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment. In particular, the solutions were to reflect and respond to the environmental management plans for the operation of the Hospital.

  • Sustainable Management Systems

    The Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code

    The programme encourages London's businesses, as major consumers of products and producers of waste, to sign up to the Code to commit to reducing the effects of their activities on the environment. The code aims to recognise that management and behaviour change are as important as technical product specifications and the sourcing of green products. The remit reflects the broad range of environmental considerations in procurement, from energy efficiency to the use of sustainable natural resources and from buying recycled content products to minimising vehicle emissions. Organisations signed up to the Green Procurement Code commit to achieving progressive environmental targets and can be awarded bronze, silver or gold status as a mark of their success. Jam was one of only 16 signatories out of over 500 organisations to be awarded the Gold level of the Code in 2009. Jam was also short listed for two awards at the Mayor's Green Procurement Awards in the 'Best Performing SME' and 'People' categories.

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    Appointed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to advise on the introduction of a Corporate Sustainability Policy and Strategy for both the Foundation as a whole and its individual departments. The Policy and Strategy will be used to demonstrate the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation's actions - socially, economically and environmentally.

    Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Sustainable Development advisor for the redevelopment of part of Great Ormond Street Hospital, including the demolition and rebuild of one block and the refurbishment of another. Responsible for a sustainability brief for both the design team and the Hospital Trust. Provided advice on the sustainability policies of the NHS, the Government, the Mayor for London and the Local Authority (London Borough of Camden). Advice was also provided on the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings and the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment. In particular, the solutions were to reflect and respond to the environmental management plans for the operation of the Hospital.

  • Consultation / Training

    Deptford Creekside Charrette

    Jam was selected as the sustainability specialist within a multi-disciplinary design team for the Deptford Creekside Charrette. A design charrette is a planning and consultation event that brings together key stakeholders to create and support realistic design options for an area, over a very short time period. The charrette process differs from other collaborative planning techniques by enabling multiple stakeholders and a multidisciplinary design team to interact, review ideas in public and through smaller specialist meetings, in order to develop alternative concepts. The process lasted six days with five public meetings involving the local community, landowners, developers, local authorities, the environment agency and local businesses.

    The process resulted in the production a draft masterplan which will be used to inform the detailed planning guidance for the area. The project was short listed in the Category of "Best Conceptual Project" at the London Planning awards 2009/10.

    Deptford Creekside Project Sheet

    Architecture + Design Scotland (A+DS) Enabler

    Selected to be a member of the Enabling Panel for A+DS. The role of the Enablers is to provide impartial advice on design issues for regeneration and development projects within Scotland to ensure that the qualities of good design are embedded into the project development process. The aim is to provide support and raise aspirations for design quality as well as impart skills and capacity for future use. The lessons learnt will be disseminated through publications, training events and seminars. Feedback will also be provided to policy makers and delivery agencies.

    A+DS Project Sheet

    Seminars & Training

    Jane has made presentations at a number of seminars and training sessions including:

    • 'Changes to the Planning System' - Continual Professional Development (CPD) event for Penoyre & Prasad Architects
    • 'Sustainability and Pre-Application Discussions' - On behalf of the Green Register to Cheltenham Borough Council.
    • 'Sustainable Master Planning' - Continual Professional Development (CPD) event for BPTW architects, Greenwich
    • 'Drivers for Sustainable Design & Construction' - on behalf of the Green Register for Norfolk County and Norwich City Council's and the East of England Region.
    • 'Planning and Sustainability' - for Landscape Architecture South East (LASE).

Projects

At the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework is a presumption in favour of sustainable development, which should be seen as a golden thread running through both plan making and decision taking

NPPF 2012