The Oxfordshire Plan would seek to require the most ambitious minimum water efficiency standards possible for new development.
For residential development, this would include exploring the potential to go beyond the current optional requirement of 110 litres per person per day. (For example, RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets of 75 litres per person per day.)
For non-residential development, this would include exploring the potential to set minimum water efficiency standards for some uses. (For example, RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets or BREEAM standards.)
The Oxfordshire Plan would also require development at strategic growth locations to maximise water efficiency through the delivery of community-scale rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling schemes.
It would be important for the Oxfordshire Plan to provide flexibility to adapt to any new, more ambitious water efficiency standards that may be introduced or become achievable over the plan period.
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