Built Environment

More people in the world live in towns and cities than rural areas. This brings environmental issues into urban areas requiring integrated and innovative solutions to water supply, sewerage, waste and energy, protecting green space, redeveloping land and ensuring resilient infrastructure and buildings. The growth of global mega cities will only amplify these issues.

Sustainable communities should be inclusive and safe, environmentally sensitive, well designed and built, well connected and fair for everyone. These principles require good governance and planning to ensure they are effectively delivered.

Our work in this area includes planning, resilience, public health, air quality, transport, urban drainage, energy efficiency, green infrastructure, contaminated land and wider sustainable development issues.

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Planning advice for integrated water management

A guidance document for integrating water management at the strategic scale of planning and design to achieve sustainable development by the Natural Capital Leaders Platform

Planning Advice Note Supplementary case studies

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