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New City Planning Guidance Will Require Detailed Carbon Information

New City Planning Guidance Will Require Detailed Carbon Information
27 March 2023

Developers in the City of London will need to provide detailed carbon impact figures before submitting an application under new planning guidance.

Under the advice listed in the “Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Optioneering Planning Advice Note”, developers will be required to account for the carbon impact of proposed projects and to explain how their building will be as energy efficient as possible.

Refurbishment options must also be taken into account, with developers required to demonstrate that these were given serious consideration.

Part of the City’s Climate Action Strategy, which aims to achieve net-zero for the Square Mile by 2040, calls for planning guidance on climate resilience measures for new developments to be strengthened. It is expected that these new planning rules will help to assess the whole life-cycle carbon emission impacts of a scheme at an early stage before designs are finalised.

Minimum required data will include fuel source for operational energy, a whole-life carbon assessment and operational carbon from energy consumption.

The new rules will apply to major developments with at least 1,000 sq m of floor space. Currently, around 76 per cent of planning applications in the Square Mile fall under this category.

Picture: a photograph of Mansion House. Image Credit: City of London Corporation 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 March 2023


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