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Buildpass investigates… the London Local Plan.

December 16, 2020

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler



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The London Local Plan is a strategic policy set out for the whole of London. Here we discuss its main features, and what we may expect from the new London plan.

Having a sound understanding of your local plan is an important way to adhere to the planning requirements of your new build or refurbishment. But, when it comes to the London Local Plan, it’s crucial to remember that things work a little differently.

The London Local plan is a legal part of the 32 London Boroughs’ development plans. Whenever a decision is made, the plan must be considered.

The plan for Greater London was written by the Mayor of London and published by the Greater London Authority. Since its initial publication in 2004, it has seen several changes. Let’s take a look at where the plan currently stands.

The London Local Plan | A guideline.

While the London plan is a strategy in its own right, it is required to take account of National Planning Policy for England, as well as the principles of the Greater London Authority (which are cemented by law). 

These include:

In addition, any amendments or developments made to the London Plan must take into account the following features of the GLA Act 1999:

With all of this in mind, the London Plan focuses on:

Unsurprisingly, the focus on sustainable development is music to our ears, and something that immediately applies to anyone hoping to create more energy efficient dwellings in the capital.\

The “Good Growth” policies.

You may have also heard of the ‘Good Growth’ policies. These are a set of policies created by Sadiq Khan to embed within the plan. They are:

What is the New London Plan?

The London Plan is ever-evolving, and that is a good thing as our carbon targets become more challenging and technologies move on. As with all new policy, a number of drafts and consultations go on behind the scenes prior to the wider adoption. During 2019-2020 the new plan was subject to many reviews.

We expect to see further guidance on energy monitoring, an increasing need for new quality homes and Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments being brought into the requirements.

As with everything in 2020 the pandemic has delayed the process but we look forward to hearing further news early in 2021.

I live in London and need support with the London Plan – can you help me?

Absolutely – here at Buildpass, we understand the specific obligations defined within the London Plan and can support you with your pre-planning and design to guarantee you fulfil the requirements. We can provide you with reports and guidance throughout your build and design journey.

Contact a member of the Buildpass team to find out more.

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