Government start taking booking for Sustainable Communities Summit in January 2005

The government today started taking bookings for the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit to be held at the GMEX in Manchester from 31 January to 2 February 2005.

The Summit will look at the progress made in the delivery of sustainable communities since the publication of the Deputy Primeminister’s Sustainable Communities Plan in February 2003. The government said that it expected 2,000 delegates to attend.

In July 2004 the Deputy Prime Minister announced a further £16bn for the Sustainable Communities Plan, making a total investment of £38bn between 2003 and 2008. The government is expected to announce how the extra £16bn will be allocated in the autumn.

The ODPM will also be publishing a five-year Strategic Plan in the autumn, which will lay out government plans in more detail.

The government is expected to publish the draft of a new set of sustainable homes standards at a government sustainable summit in January next year. The proposed Code for Sustainable Buildings will be based on the BRE BREEAM/EcoHomes standards and could be a requirement for all new homes in the sustainable communities.

The Code was a recommendation of the Sustainable Buildings Task Group in its Better Buildings, Better Lives report. It will cover waste, energy and water efficiency and use of building materials.

For more information on the summit visit and the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit. For a summary of the government’s sustainable policies see Government must not stall at green light.