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Daylight & Sunlight Planning Reports

Posted on June 6th 2014

Designing buildings with acceptable levels of internal daylight and sunlight, while minimising impact on the daylight enjoyed by surrounding buildings, is an increasingly difficult challenge faced by urban designers. Local authorities have increasingly become aware of the importance of maintaining adequate daylight to encourage health and well-being of residents, and a significant number have incorporated planning policies to this effect. …

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Part L 2013 & The London Plan – What The New GLA Guidance Means For You

Posted on June 6th 2014

To align with the recently introduced Part L 2013, the GLA has issued new guidance for the preparation of Energy Statements. The main changes are: – 1. Policy 5.2 target for a 35% reduction in Regulated CO2 emissions over Part L 2013. There is a transition period up to 5th July 2014, during which Stage 1 applications can utilise the …

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Large Glazed Areas and Part L1A 2013

Posted on June 6th 2014

Incorporating large glazed areas in new dwellings will pose significant challenges for developers under Part L 2013. In buildings where the area of openings is larger than 25% of total floor area, significant improvements to the glazing u-value (including a switch to triple glazing) are required. The area of openings in the notional building (against which the actual building is …

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Planning Success for 250 City Road

Posted on June 6th 2014

After protracted negotiations, planning consent was finally granted by the GLA last month for Berkeley Homes’ luxury 250 City Road mixed-use development in Islington. Proposals include 927 apartments across eight blocks, including two towers of 42 and 36 storeys, alongside a hotel and substantial new office and retail spaces. Hodkinson Consultancy assisted throughout the planning application with technical input and …

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