Development Planning

Key Points

  • New development planning is requiring additional documentation.
  • Energy Strategy Reports to support planning applications for residential and non-residential properties are required in line with the GLA London Plan.
  • Outside London Energy Strategy Reports are required in Reading, Brighton, and Oxford.
  • Energy Strategy Reports are just part of the development planning documentation.


Energy Strategy Reports.  Energy Strategy Reports cover the core issues of:

Project background and context;

Project energy assumptions;

Energy efficiency measures proposed and estimated improvements;

Assessment of applicability of combined heat and power use and/or connection to District Heating or Heat Networks; and

Review of Low or Zero Carbon and/or Renewable Technologies.


Energy Statements.  Follow the same broad direction of Energy Strategy Reports but tend to focus on single rather than multiple developments, and will cover the relevance and applicability of each of the core Energy Strategy Report requirements


Building Regulations Part L Compliance.  Whether a residential or non-domestic new build or refurbishment, the planning authority will require impartial evidence of the project’s carbon emissions and whether the project as designed is likely to meet either the Building Regulations Part L carbon emission requirements or potentially higher thresholds as may be directed by the planning authority.


West London Energy Assessors can assist project developers, architects, investors, builders, and those others involved in building projects demonstrate their compliance with the different planning authority requirements.