Planning for sustainable utility infrastructure

Dexter V. L. Hunt, Ian Jefferson, Mark Gaterell, Chris D. F. Rogers

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Sustainability checklists are designed to provide practical tools (including indicators) that help with planning and measuring sustainability within new developments and redevelopment schemes. Unfortunately, a checklist – due to its very nature – tends to consider elements of sustainability in isolation, narrowing it to a set of individual tick boxes. Successful planning strategies for sustainable utility infrastructure require a more holistic approach that considers elements of water, energy and infrastructure in tandem rather than isolation, therefore suggesting that a checklist approach may not be wholly appropriate. By critically examining the 2007 version of the sustainability checklist for south-east England with respect to 12 questions that relate to sustainable utility infrastructure alone (five for energy, four for water and three for infrastructure provision) this argument is explored further. The thorough examination provided in this paper serves to analyse the framing of the questions used in the checklist and test the validity of the aims and scoring method used (including weightings). This paper also examines whether these questions can jointly form a successful holistic strategy for infrastructure, not least in terms of the ability to ensure that supply meets demand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-201
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • urban design/planning
  • infrastructure planning/reviews/sustainability


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