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Advice and support on the best way to meet the 35% reduction in CO2 or your zero-carbon targets
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Advice and support on the best way to meet the 35% reduction in COor your zero-carbon targets

Grappling with the various requirements of the London Plan and borough-specific planning requirements can feel daunting.

Confusion over whether you’re a minor or major development can add to the stress.

“We’re here to help you with all that and advise you on the best way to achieve the 35% reduction in COemissions or your zero-carbon target,” says Anthony Dale, senior sustainability consultant at Darren Evans.

The revised London Plan was due to be published in March 2020, but has been delayed.

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However, many London boroughs already require construction projects to meet these new requirements to gain planning permission.

The main expected changes to the updated London Plan include:

  • Monitoring energy performance post-completion
  • All major developments will have to be zero carbon
  • Additional targets for fabric performance
  • Major developments will require a whole life-cycle carbon emissions study
  • SAP 10 carbon factors are still important

This guide to the new “Be Seen” mandate looks at how the proposed changes will shake up energy efficiency requirements.

Top tips

  1. Involve us early, then we can help you find cost-effective solutions to achieve the London Plan.“Involve as early as you can so that we can work together to find the best solutions,” says Anthony.
  2. It’s normal not to know what you need to do
    “It’s incredibly common not to know what you need to do to meet the London Plan requirements, especially as requirements can differ between boroughs,” explains Anthony.“We’ll give you a range of solutions and work with you to select the best one.”
  3. Mixed use developments can get complicated
    It can get complicated with mixed use developments that have dwellings, commercial units and joint communal areas. We can carry out all types of assessments and can combine these to create a site-wide picture to make sure your whole development is achieving the relevant individual and site-wide targets.

Watch out for: 

London Plan requirements are getting more stringent, as outlined above. Sign up to our emails, and we’ll let you know as soon as the new London Plan is published.
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Next steps

  1. To chat with Anthony and the Darren Evans team, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  2. If you send us your plans, we can offer you detailed advice and quotes.
  3. Don’t forget, let us know what you’re trying to achieve as early as possible. Some of the most cost-effective solutions need to be considered in the design phase before construction has started.
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