We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page.
Please check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.
Where a development is proposed, a sustainability statement might need to accompany your planning application.
The information below provides further details about when a sustainability statement is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.
When is a sustainability statement required?
A sustainability statement should accompany applications for:
- All new build residential houses and flats
- Multi-occupation residential buildings with 10 or more rooms/units or occupiers
- Residential refurbishments, conversions and change of user for:
- 5 or more dwellings, or
- 500sqm or more of floorspace
- Non-residential development of 500sqm or more of floor space (including offices, retail and industrial)
What information should be included in a sustainability statement?
You must provide details of sustainable design and construction measures showing how you propose to reduce the energy, water and materials used in design and construction.
The sustainability assessment tools that Camden uses is:
The assessment that should be provided is:
- Residential - Existing (5 or more dwellings, or 500sqm of floorspace or more)
- Non-residential (500sqm of floorspace or more)
Energy – new and existing development
- In line with Camden's Core Strategy and Camden Planning Guidance sustainability developments involving 5 or more dwellings and/or 500sqm (gross internal) or more are required to submit an energy statement which demonstrates how carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced in line with the energy hierarchy. See Chapters 2-6 of Camden Planning Guidance 3 – Sustainability for further details and GLA Sustainable Design and Construction
Sustainability considerations following the Ministerial Statement March 2015
Following the Ministerial Statement 25 March 2015, the Council would like to clarify its position on sustainability considerations in connection with existing policies CS13. Tackling climate change through promoting higher environmental standards, DP22 Sustainable design and construction, and DP23 Water.
The Ministerial Statement sets out the Government’s national planning policy on the setting of technical standards for new dwellings. The Housing Standards Review sought to rationalise differing standards and in doing so has withdrawn the Code for Sustainable Homes (except for legacy cases) and set a new system of optional Building Regulations on water and access as well as a new national space standard.
The 2015 – 2016 Minor Alterations to the London Plan was prepared to bring the London Plan in line with the national housing standards. The Minor Alterations are available here.
Sustainable design and construction measures
London Plan policy 5.3 ‘Sustainable design and construction’ removes requirements for the Code for Sustainable Homes but continues to require development to demonstrate that sustainable design standards are integral to the proposal, including its construction and operation. The Council will continue to require the submission of a Sustainability Statement with applications for new residential development demonstrating how the development mitigates against the causes of climate change and adapts to the effects of climate change in line with existing policies contained in Camden’s Core Strategy CS13 Tackling climate change through promoting higher environmental standards and Development Policies document DP22 Sustainable design and construction. Proposals should demonstrate how sustainable design and construction principles, including the relevant measures as set out in DP22 page 104, have been incorporated into the design and proposed implementation.
Acceptable new residential schemes will be required to ensure that the measures stated in the Sustainability Statement are secured and implemented.
New residential development will be required to demonstrate that the development is capable of achieving a maximum internal water use of 105 litres per person/day, with an additional 5 litres person/day for external water use.
The Council will continue to apply policies which require compliance with energy performance standards until the Planning and Energy Act 2008 has been amended (likely late 2016). The Code Level 4 equivalent in carbon dioxide emissions reduction below part L Building Regulations 2013 is 20%. New residential dwellings will be required to demonstrate how this has been met by following the energy hierarchy in an energy statement.
The London Plan policy 5.2 for on-site carbon reduction measures will still apply for new residential major applications.
Please note that policy CS13 also requires that all developments (existing and new build) achieve a 20% reduction in on-site carbon dioxide emissions through renewable technologies, unless demonstrated that such provision is not feasible.
London Plan target for carbon dioxide emission reduction
From January 2020
The London Plan requires major developments to achieve zero carbon (with at least 35% reduction achieved through on-site measures). New development is expected to get as close as possible to zero-carbon on-site, rather than relying on offset fund payments to make up any shortfall in emissions. The remaining carbon emissions (to 100%) are to be offset through a cash in lieu contribution.
For further information and guidance see Energy Planning - GLA Guidance
In view of the Viability Study (pdf) undertaken for the London Plan, the Council considers £95 per tonne for 30 years to be appropriate. This would equate to £2,850 per tonne.
From October 2016 until December 2019
From October 2016 London Plan policy 5.2 requires major residential developments to achieve zero carbon (with at least 35% reduction achieved through on-site measures). The remaining regulated carbon emissions (to 100%) are to be offset through a cash in lieu contribution. For further information and guidance please see this link. Major developments for non-domestic development will still be expected (as above) to achieve 35% reduction against Part L 2013 Building Regulations.
In view of the Viability Assessment undertaken for the Minor Alterations London Plan the Council considers £1,800 per tonne of carbon (30 years) to be appropriate (both residential and non-residential development). The viability assessment can be viewed here, under the heading ‘Evidence base’.
Up to October 2016
London Plan policy 5.2 requires that major developments meet carbon dioxide emissions reduction. From 2013 to 2016 this emissions reduction is 35% against Part L 2013 Building Regulations for both domestic and non-domestic buildings. Where evidence demonstrates that this target cannot be achieved on-site, the policy allows for any shortfall to be provided off-site or through a cash in lieu contribution. Contributions will secure the delivery of carbon dioxide savings elsewhere in the borough.
The Mayor’s Sustainable Design and Construction SPD states that boroughs should develop and publish a price for carbon dioxide based on either: a nationally recognised carbon dioxide pricing mechanism; or the cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions across the borough. The Mayor’s guidance states that where boroughs do not have an established price a figure of £60 per tonne for a period of 30 years should be applied. However, the August 2013 zero carbon consultation suggested three possible price caps for carbon £30, £60 and £90. Camden’s inner London landscape will make it more challenging and expensive to deliver carbon reduction measures, and therefore we would expect that the highest price of £90 per tonne is appropriate for this target. This will equate to £2,700 per tonne of carbon (30 years).
- All developments are to submit a statement stating how it will aim for at least 10% of the total value of materials used to be derived from recycled and reused sources. This should relate to the WRAP Quick Wins assessments or equivalent.
- Major developments are anticipated to be able to achieve 15-20% of the total value of materials used to be derived from recycled and reused sources.
How do I submit a sustainability statement?
If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your sustainability statement after you have completed the relevant application forms.
Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.
If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your sustainability statement along with four copies of the relevant application forms.
Where can I find out further information?
For further information on preparing and submitting a sustainability statement, please see the following links below:
- Camden Planning Guidance 3 Sustainability
- You can find more information and guidance on the BREEAM website
- You can find out more information about the Code for Sustainable Homes - (Communities and Local Government)
- You can find out more information on Camden’s Decentralised Energy Networks