'New London Plan Policy is great step forward for sustainable housebuilding', says Wood For Good
Wood For Good has expressed its satisfaction with the new London planning regulations, capable of "bringing back the need for zero-carbon residential development in the capital."
The Greater London Authority announced a new zero carbon homes policy earlier this year. It comes after the Government scrapped its zero-carbon 2016 targets at the end of last year.
Housing in the capital will now need to meet new standards for zero-carbon development or pay cash to a carbon offset fund.
The news comes as infrastructure consultancy firm Arcadis ranks the UK capital as the fifth most sustainable city in the world in its 2016 Sustainable Cities Index. The capital beat the UK’s other largest cities in the ranking — suggesting that the other regions need to be doing more to contribute to the country’s climate change reduction goals.
Christiane Lellig, Campaign Director at Wood for Good, said: “The new London Plan Policy is a great step forward for sustainable housebuilding in the capital following the scrapping of Zero Carbon Homes last year. London’s dense built environment creates challenges to delivering carbon-neutral homes but the industry needs to look beyond traditional building methods.
“There needs to be a paradigm shift in thinking towards greater use of off-site construction using timber. This would ensure that sustainability is incorporated right into developments through the material’s strong environmental credentials.”