What is The London Plan?
So – what is The London Plan, and is it different from other planning regulations? In summary, The London Plan is Greater London’s sustainability strategy. It is a comprehensive document which covers all aspects of planning, building and the environmental impact of developments. The three point strategy of The London Plan is “be lean, be clean, be green”. Subsequently, each Greater London borough has a degree of flexibility in terms of how they interpret the plan, with many going over and above the standard requirements. Therefore, when planning a development in the Greater London area, developers have to show they are meeting these requirements. The most important of these is reducing the Dwelling/Building Emissions Rate (DER or BER) by at least 35%. Your local authority may require (but not limited to) the following:
Why do I need to comply?
How can UKBC help?
- Undertaking SAP Calculations or SBEM Calculations.
- Recommendations as to how you can make your building “lean” by using sustainable building materials.
- Advice as to how you can make your building “cleaner” by using highly efficient energy systems.
- Finally, we can give guidance about how to make your building carbon neutral, as part of The London Plan’s strategy to make buildings “greener”.
What you need to carry out these assessments?
- Site Plan
- Insulation type/thickness
- U-value of openings
- Specification of heating systems
- Hot water generation
- Percentage of low energy lighting
- Specification of ventilation system
- Renewable technologies
- Accredited construction details
- Drainage strategy
- Information about materials sourcing
When should the report be carried out?
How long will it take?
What happens if my planning application is rejected?
Find Out More
To the right is the official document regarding The London Plan from the London Mayor.
UKBC can offer a full range of services relating to sustainability and The Building Regulations.
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