City of London sets out new planning guidance to tackle embodied carbon

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The City of London Corporation has begun consultation on a draft planning advice note tackling the assessment of whole lifecycle carbon for all new major projects

The authority’s proposed guidance spells out how it expects developers to calculate and report the whole life-cycle carbon emission impacts of a scheme at an early stage, even before designs are finalised.

The Whole Lifecycle Carbon Optioneering planning advice note states development teams will have to consider lifetime emissions for a range of options, including minor refurbishment, major refurbishment, extension and new build.

The document also seeks to provide a clear framework for measurement, benchmarking, analysis and communication between designers and planners. Although not having the same weight as policies in the City’s statutory development plan, the advice note will be a ‘material consideration in the determination of planning applications’.

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