Full planning assistance for this 70 dwelling housing scheme was successfully granted but not without some moving of the energy goal posts.
Having helped form a robust energy and sustainability strategy for the client, LEC had to work very closely with the construction and design team to adapt a new local planning policy. This was despite the fact this emerging policy change was not fully adopted and signed off by the council. Planners were insistent this scheme complied to the new standard.
The scheme already set down a path of Part L and 10% contribution compliance with renewables, now faced a 19% greater than Part L 2013 before an addition of 20% saving from renewables. In addition we were also appointed as BREEAM assessors throughout the scheme.
LEC worked very closely with the design team to explore further tightening of fabric performance, inclusive of thermal bridging details, higher efficiency of HVAC equipment and the balance of lower APRs versus MVHR. Despite the huge leap of 19% for Part L 2013 the scheme successfully reached its goals in the close working relationship LEC and the team has achieved.
LEC have a wealth of experience in the Energy and Sustainability sector. The team have worked with the emerging changes of the London Plan to its present form and seen this permeate across the UK. Each assessment and statement is tackled with the same pragmatic and proactive approach. This is also kept in balance with our in depth HEVAC knowledge and experience. Our solutions are always based upon practicalities, balancing the client aspirations and planning requirements.
Sometimes overlooked and undervalued is the power of negotiated compliance. Not all schemes are best suited to 100% compliance, so at LEC we maximise, where suitable, the best compliance route at the same time as holding open discussions with the planning authorities.