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MAYOR ISSUES BLUEPRINT FOR A SUSTAINABLE LONDON

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The mayor's Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction adds detail to the policie...
The mayor's Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction adds detail to the policies in the London Plan. It advises on areas such as conserving energy and water, reducing noise and pollution, managing waste, conserving the natural environment and ensuring new developments are comfortable and secure for those who live or work in them.

The draft guidance will inform architects, developers, planners and all other professionals involved in design and construction in the capital.

Ken Livingstone said: 'The London Plan's policies are helping to make London a model for other world cities by guiding development in a truly sustainable way. With the capital anticipated to grow by 800,000 people by 2016 it is important that we create developments of lasting benefit. This guidance will help those involved in London's development to make the most of our precious natural resources, minimise nuisances such as noise and pollution and meet the needs of London's diverse population.'

The draft guidance also provides examples of developments which are models of different aspects of sustainable design and construction, including:

- BedZed in Sutton, South London - carbon neutral development

- Springbok Works, Dalston - effective use of roof space

- Tate Modern - conversion of a major disused landmark for new cultural uses

- Millennium Village, Greenwich - enhancing the natural environment through landmark development.

The draft guidance has been published for consultation and the deadline for responses is 3rd June 2005. As a formal supplement to the London Plan the final supplementary planning guidance will carry weight in the planning process and influence planning decisions.

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