About Green Buildings
As a national park, planning regulations in the Peak District can make it appear particularly difficult for people wanting to make changes to their homes, business or community premises – even if this is to make them more environmentally friendly. This, coupled with a general perception of it being an expensive process, stops many from pursuing the idea.
The Friends of the Peak District ‘Open Up’ project aims to encourage home owners, farms, rural businesses and communities in the Peak District area who have installed green technology to increase their building’s operational sustainability, to showcase their efforts.
The overall aim is to dispel perceived barriers and encourage the take up of small scale renewable energy technologies, or other sustainability features, by showing the public what constitutes appropriate green developments in a national park setting.
We will also be lobbying and working with the Peak District National Park Authorities to develop a more positive attitude to planning applications that will enable buildings to become “greener”. Ensuring that the process is set up to support appropriate schemes in getting approval.