Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Development Study - London Borough of Enfield - March 2010
The Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Development Study was undertaken as part of the evidence base for the Local Development Framework (LDF). It is intended to support the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2)
South Bank Decentralised Energy Feasibility Report February 2009
The South Bank Employers' Group (SBEG) and London South Bank University (LSBU) were supported by the London Development Agency to assess the feasibility of installing Combined Heat & Power (CHP) across the SBEG area.
The report is the first of two reports covering the second stage of work for the City of London Decentralised Energy and Pipe Subway Networks study. The overall Study is to evaluate the feasibility of a comprehensive decentralised energy and pipe subways network to serve the future needs of the City and surrounding areas. The first stage was a high level analysis to confirm whether a technical and financial case exists to warrant subsequent investigation.
On 9 March 2010, the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) issued for consultation a revised version of its guidance on planning and climate change (Consultation on a Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate). The government states in the consultation paper that the cross-cutting importance of climate change to planning is signalled by the fact that the issue is set out as a supplement to PPS 1: Delivering Sustainable Development, which sets out the overarching planning policies on the delivery of sustainable development through the planning system.
The consultation document brings together the Planning and Climate Change supplement to PPS 1 with the 2004 PPS 22 on Renewable Energy into a new draft PPS on Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate. This new PPS will replace the 2007 and 2004 PPS and it is proposed that it will become a consolidated supplement to PPS . This will support and provide an overarching framework for PPS 25 on Development and Flood Risk and emerging planning policies on green infrastructure (to be consulted on separately).
In the context of the LDA Decentralised Energy Master Planning (DEMaP) programme work, this note focuses on the draft PPS and its policy recommendations related to decentralised energy.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new government initiative to aid infrastructure investment in England and Wales. The previous government believed that the current system of planning obligations is inadequate and there is a need for developers to contribute further to the provision of infrastructure critical to the delivery of sustainable development. CIL therefore aims to be used as a more transparent, efficient and flexible tool that local authorities are empowered, but not required, to utilise in unlocking additional funding from new developments.
Currently, only 6% of all planning permissions contribute towards funding infrastructure in the local area. The government forecasted that by implementing CIL an additional £700m per year will be raised by 2016.
The current London Plan includes climate change as one of the City's cross cutting policy areas, the focus of which is the achievement of a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.