Taken from the NPPF March 2012
Sustainable means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse lives for future generations. Covers economic, environmental and social goals, jointly.
Development means growth
It is supposed to mean, change for the better, not just the built environment. But development is often taken to mean ‘houses’ !!
This is the detailed defintion from the NPPF
International and national bodies have set out broad principles of sustainable
development. Resolution 42/187 of the United Nations General Assembly
defined sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The
UK Sustainable Development Strategy Securing the Future set out five ‘guiding
principles’ of sustainable development: living within the planet’s environmental
limits; ensuring a strong, healthy and just society; achieving a sustainable
economy; promoting good governance; and using sound science responsibly.