The London Plan

The London Plan: What it means for developers and constructors

The March 2015 Further Alterations to the London Plan includes a revised Chapter Five: London’s Response to Climate Change. The introductory policy statement to this chapter requires that “The highest standards of sustainable design and construction should be achieved in London…”.

What does this mean in practical terms?

The Mayor’s supplementary planning guidance on sustainable design and construction describe the standards applicable to all developments. The Mayor’s Housing SPG includes further requirements for residential developments.

Section 2.4 concerns energy and carbon dioxide emissions and requires all development applications to be accompanied by an energy demand assessment. The Mayor has adopted a flat carbon dioxide improvement target beyond part L 2013 of 35% for both residential and non-residential development.

From 1st October 2016 the Mayor will apply a zero carbon standard to residential development. The gap between the 35% improvement target and 100% will be bridged by a cash in lieu contribution to the relevant borough, to be ring fenced to secure carbon dioxide savings elsewhere.

The plan also covers water efficiency (section 2.6) – residential schemes are to achieve a consumption rate of 105 litres per person or less per day, non-residential the maximum number of water credits available in a BREEAM assessment.

The plan requires no net loss in the quality and quantity of biodiversity (section 2.8).

Chapter 3 addresses how the city will address unavoidable climate change, including overheating – this is not fully assessed by carbon emission models and developers are encouraged to undertake a separate evaluation – and flooding (section 3.4).

Chapter 4 concerns pollution management, including the requirement for schemes to be at least ‘air quality neutral’ (section 4.3). The great majority of developments will require an Air Quality Assessment to be submitted with the planning application, whilst supplementary guidance published in July 2014 concerns dust and emissions from construction sites and is applicable to all developments.

HRS: A complete service for the London Plan

HRS can help you deliver the mayor’s sustainable design principles with the following package of integrated services:

  • Energy modelling to inform the energy demand assessment submitted with the development application, consistent with the Mayor’s Guidance for Developers on Preparing Energy Assessments
  • Energy feasibility study, to establish the most appropriate low or zero carbon energy source for the development
  • Thermal comfort assessment to address potential future increases in ambient temperature
  • Life cycle carbon analysis to help minimise whole life carbon dioxide emissions, including from embodied carbon
  • Water efficiency calculation and whole life ecopoints to ensure the efficient use of natural resources
  • Air quality assessment to confirm determine the impact of a development on the air quality in its vicinity
  • Air quality and dust risk assessment, to ensure compliance with the Mayor and London Council’s best practice guidance on the control of dust and emissions from construction sites at planning stage
  • Air quality and dust management plan, to be submitted post-planning pre-construction
  • Air quality, noise and dust monitoring, to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed measures during construction
  • Flood risk assessment
  • Ecological assessments and plans, to promote and protect biodiversity
  • Air tightness consultancy and testing, to support the thermal performance of the building
  • Cold bridging calculations, to prevent the loss of heat and the development of cold spots, which can lead to mould
  • Post-occupancy evaluation, to help you learn for your next project

Contact us to obtain a quotation for the full range or individual elements of the above services, and let us help you meet your obligations in connection with The London Plan.

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From concept design stage to completion, HRS can work alongside you every step of the way. You and your project would be supported by HRS’s extensive knowledge that has been built up over 30 years, whether you need consultancy or on site advice and guidance, HRS’s large team of consultants and on site technicians are here to support you to make sure that your project hands over on time and within budget.

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