…Almost! Those of you who work in London will have been aware of The New London Plan for some time now, and will have more than likely been implementing its policies in recent planning applications. The revised London Plan was due to be signed off by the Secretary of State for MHCLG and published in March 2020; last week, however, the Secretary of State’s response letter to the Mayor of London included some criticism and a number of suggested changes (discussed later here) that will likely delay the Plan by a number of months. Its official release may now also be affected by the spread of COVID-19, as the impact of the virus in the capital is likely to be significant.

The UK is currently on course to leave the European Union at the end of this month, and Brexit will doubtless signal change in the construction industry. The government have made a number of announcements that give cause for optimism; irrespective of party politics, it could be a good thing that the government now have a clear majority, enabling more stability and certainty to policies, changes and the way that the country moves forward.

It’s now commonplace across the construction industry to make new-built houses as energy efficient as possible, with highly specified glazing, high levels of insulation and low air permeability rates all combining to reduce the emissions released by our homes.  However, gas heating is still the preferred option for most house builders, be they individuals or large-scale developers. As we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in other areas, heating for our homes is lagging behind.

Well, what a drop! You’d be forgiven for thinking that a Brexit-busy government wouldn’t have time for a building regulations update like the Future Homes Standard released this month – but it looks like they’ve taken some very substantial steps to solve some of the system’s current problems.  

Let’s analyse together the most significant update to Building Regulations L and F (still in consultation, technically) since 2006.