Planning Success at Woodberry Down

The London Borough of Hackney have recently resolved to grant planning permission for the revised Woodberry Down Masterplan. Berkeley Homes’ 20 year, £1billion regeneration of the neglected Woodberry Down estate will now provide in excess of 5,500 homes, at least 40% of which will be affordable. Set over 64 acres and adjacent to the Stoke [...]

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BREEAM Communities Certification Demonstrates Sustainability to Eastleigh Borough Council

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved our first BREEAM Communities certification at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak, in Eastleigh Borough Council. Working closely with Bloor Homes and the Highwood Group, both of whom demonstrated a strong commitment to BREEAM Communities from the outset, the BREEAM Communities Step 1 process was undertaken in [...]

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Get Prepared for Part L 2013

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 [...]

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We Contribute to Planning Success at London Dock

London Dock in Wapping, is an historic site covering 6.1 hectares.  Last week, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets resolved to grant planning permission for up to 1,800 new homes, as well as new public spaces, pedestrian and cycle routes, a range of shops, restaurants, cafes and land for a secondary school. The application was [...]

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Our work along the River Thames

Over the past 5 years, we have been involved in some of the most significant developments along the River Thames, extending from Isleworth to Woolwich. This includes over 8,000 dwellings and a wide range of non-residential uses in 13 different developments. Through working on these projects we have gained specialist knowledge and skills through planning [...]

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BREEAM and Code Design Stage Assessments Before Construction

Developments which are required to achieve BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ratings should consider their requirements as early as possible. It is essential that pre-assessments are included within the feasibility stage of the development. The design must incorporate all of the required criteria ensuring minimal impact on the development and reducing the risk of [...]

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London Plan moves to 40% carbon dioxide reduction on regulated energy

As we reported in September, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has clarified that the move to a 40% CO2 reduction over Building Regulations Part L 2010 (London Plan Policy 5.2) came into effect from the 1 October 2013. This applies to both residential and non-residential development. The GLA is seeking this reduction on all referable [...]

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A successful 10 years at St Mary’s Island, Chatham

Our recent appointment on the latest phase on St Mary’s Island, Chatham, with Countryside Properties plc extends our involvement in one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Our involvement in the project began in early 2000s and is currently our longest standing project, an achievement we are very proud of. In that time, [...]

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The use of new simulation techniques for building design optimisation

As heightening legislative pressures demand significant improvements to building performance standards, we face growing challenges when attempting to design low energy buildings within escalating design and budget constraints. Designers are therefore faced with the task of striking a balance between competing objectives. Richard Hodkinson Consultancy is currently undertaking research to test a method for establishing [...]

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What might a delay of the new Part L mean for London Plan Policy?

New guidance for Part L of the Building Regulations is late, and there are mounting industry concerns that the next version of the Regulations may not come into force until April 2014.  A delay will have knock-on effects for any planning policies predicated on the Government’s zero carbon homes timetable. An example is the London [...]

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Hodkinson Consultancy is working on 4 of the Top 10 Regeneration projects in the UK

Earlier this year, Planning magazine published the list of the top regeneration projects in the UK for 2013. Hodkinson Consultancy is proud to be working on 4 of the top 10 – this includes Nine Elms on the South Bank which is top of the list. The other schemes we are working on in the [...]

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Masterplanning for District Heat Networks

The location and timing of the provision of Energy Centres on large multi-phase development sites with district heat networks is complex as there are a number of often competing factors: – Overall capital cost Cash flow Operational efficiency & costs (which influences resident energy costs) Phasing flexibility Matching Energy Centre output to development heat demand [...]

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BREEAM Communities – 2013 update

BREEAM Communities was re-launched in 2012, with the new scheme providing a more straight-forward, deliverable assessment methodology that ties in more closely to the new planning framework in England and Wales. Hodkinson Consultancy is certified to undertake BREEAM Communities assessments with the new methodology. BREEAM Communities aims to assess and improve the sustainability of developments, [...]

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Fabric Efficiency First?

There is a recent trend in planning policy to emphasise energy demand reduction ahead of more costly low carbon energy supply options. In 2009 the zero carbon hub consulted on a new parameter to encourage more consideration of the Fabric Energy Efficiency (‘FEE’) of a home’s construction. The FEE credit was introduced into the Code [...]

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The Technical Housing Standards Review and the NPPF

An announcement from the Technical Housing Standards Review Panel is anticipated imminently which we hope will signal improvements to the relevance and compliance efficiency for the currently wide range of housing related standards. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012. As we reported last month, the 12 month transitional arrangements formally ended [...]

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Planning implications for schemes with large water using features

There are advantages and disadvantages of incorporating large water-using features into landscape designs. On the one hand water features add amenity value, ecological value and can be used as a technique for attenuating surface water run-off. On the other hand they usually require large volumes of water and can often consume large amounts of energy. [...]

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and Planning

Existing buildings are currently responsible for approximately 27% of CO2 emissions produced in the UK. With local planning authorities updating their policies to reflect the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in the absence of the adopted local plan, the use of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is expected to increase significantly. Paragraph 95 of the NPPF states [...]

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NEW – BREEAM Simple Buildings Manual and Criteria Released

Following our article last month introducing BREEAM Simple Buildings, the new guidance was released by BRE on 13th March 2013. After reviewing the criteria within this new BREEAM scheme we think this is a positive change for our clients. Many small commercial units within larger schemes could now be assessed using this cheaper and simpler [...]

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Planning Reforms & the NPPF – Change, Uncertainty and Opportunity

The end of March sees the 12-month anniversary of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). With this comes the expiry of the transitional arrangements, and moves the industry into a period of both uncertainty and opportunity.   The NPPF was published on the 27 March 2012, and took immediate effect. It sets a clear message [...]

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2012 for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy

The past 12 months has seen continued growth within the practice, both in personnel and work output. The following provides a quick review of the successes for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy in 2012. One of the more significant changes in the year has been the development of new services. This has benefitted our clients by offering [...]

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