The London Plan
Planning is key to how buildings are delivered and has an important role in achieving the wider goals of reducing UK emissions and influencing the choice of technology that should be installed. Stringent building regulations, enforced by local authorities, now mean that no new build project will get planning permission without first demonstrating an improvement in efficiency, as well as the use of renewable energy. An example of planning policy is The London Plan.
In July 2011, the Mayor of London published the London Plan, which is an overall strategic plan for the UK’s capital city. The Plan covers a broad range of important issues including transport, economics and the environment.
One of the most important parts of the London Plan covers ‘London’s response to climate change’. This section of the document deals with how the city will be affected by increasing temperatures and rising sea levels.
The plan is very clear that one of the biggest challenges is in the built environment. The London Plan expresses clearly that new development proposals should use renewable technologies, including heat pumps, wherever possible. A wide range of technologies are recommended, to ensure that each site uses the most suitable renewable solution and can achieve the most cost-effective carbon emissions savings.