What is the London Plan?
The London Plan sets out a standard approach to energy targets, with an aim to create a more sustainable city for the future. The London Plan applies to the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, however some boroughs have their own tougher targets.
The requirements of the Local Planning Authorities (LPA) vary in London, with some requiring a 35% CO2 reduction (compared to Part L Building Regulations), whilst others ask for up to 50% reduction.
Larger sites, for example, residential developments of more than ten dwellings, must not only meet the Part L Target Emission Rate and the LPA’s own emission targets, but now need to also agree to a carbon offset payment for all remaining regulated energy.
The London Plan outlines a 4-step hierarchy in CO2 reduction:
1. Be Lean. Insulation, glazing, heating, ventilation
2. Be Clean.Supplying energy and heating through efficient networks
3. Be Green. Low carbon and renewable technologies
4. Carbon Offset Payment. Any remaining regulated energy must be offset with a payment to the local authority
Do I need a London Plan Energy Strategy?
If you are building within the City of London or one of the 32 boroughs, you will need a London Plan Energy Strategy. The London Plan applies to both residential and commercial developments.
Top Tips for your London Plan Energy Strategy
The London Plan sets out a standard approach to energy targets, however some boroughs have set their own tougher targets.
The carbon offset payment now applies to all large developments. Again, the tariff for this payment can change depending on the authority.
Major schemes are encouraged to use combined heat and power engines as well as PV to generate on site energy.
It’s always worth checking with your local authority for their exact requirements before submitting your planning application.
The Energist Approach
We understand your deadlines and offer fast-tracked Planning Reports that communicate compliance with the policies in a simple way.
With such a variety of targets to hit, it’s important to know which ones apply to your site. We will act on your behalf to liaise directly with your LPA, negotiating policy requirements and advising on the best way achieve your London Plan energy requirements.
Our team of planning specialists work on London Plan compliant documents daily and can guide you through the process, offering advice and consultancy on realistic technical solutions.