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The New London Plan

The draft revision of The London Plan has been revealed in a public consultation and is set to have a considerable impact on design and associated costs that could apply to your next development. What can you do to prepare now?

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What's in store for the new London Plan?

Although the public consultation of the new London Plan was itself high level, there were some key energy and sustainability issues that are set to change.

  • A minimum carbon reduction target to be met through efficient building fabric only.
  • A new heating hierarchy, encouraging zero emission solutions for energy supply.
  • Increased emphasis on air quality constraints and how this will affect your energy strategy.
  • Consideration for energy storage to reduce reliance on the national grid.
  • Requirement for all non-domestic developments to meet Zero Carbon.
  • Significant increase in the cost of carbon, increased carbon offset payments by over 50%.
  • Energy monitoring post-occupation.
  • Consideration to future-proofing towards on-site Zero Carbon.
  • Life cycle carbon analysis on GLA referable developments.

Stuart Clark



Stuart Clark


The latest news

Following the latest release from the GLA, Stuart Clark has reviewed the top 5 things you need to be aware of to make sure you’re future-proofed:

  • Minimum carbon performance standard for the Be Lean section of the Energy Hierarchy.
  • A new Heating Hierarchy in the Be Clean section with drive away from mains gas fuel heating systems.
  • Battery storage will be encouraged in the Be Green section, taking some of the demand off the mains electricity network.
  • A new section has been added – Be Seen. This will help ensure carbon and energy performance is monitored for a period of 5 years after completion.
  • The Life Cycle Carbon Analysis is introduced.

We are expecting the consultation on the new London Plan to be finalised by the end of 2019, ready to come into effect in early 2020. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with a member of the team to find out how this could potentially affect your next development.

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