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Minister Launches Community Energy Strategy at Woodberry Down

Posted on February 6th 2014

Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change launched the Community Energy Strategy at Berkeley Homes’ Woodberry Down development in North London. Prior to the launch, Donald Sinclair of Richard Hodkinson Consultancy outlined the vision for energy at Woodberry Park to the Minister: – High level of energy efficiency measures reducing demand substantially over the homes that are …

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Get Prepared for Part L 2013

Posted on February 5th 2014

April 6th 2014 will see the introduction of Part L 2013.  From this date projects will only be exempt from the new regulations under the following circumstances: Where work has already commenced; Where the project has already had a full plans submission, initial notice or building notice served if work begins on site before April 2015. We have recently been …

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Office to Residential – Change of Use, Refurbishment & Sustainability

Posted on February 5th 2014

Moves to relax requirements for change of use from office to residential buildings could lead to less sustainable housing. Permitted development right changes made in May 2013 allow the change of use of buildings from B1(a) (offices) to C3 (dwelling houses) for a period of three years, subject to a prior approval process with the local planning authority. This removes …

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