The London Plan sets out a range of key requirements for new development projects addressing a variety of issues that are associated with climate change adaptations. The issues include reducing the urban heat island effect, reduce heat gain of buildings, flood mitigation and urban drainage and improving the water use efficiency of building. While most of the requirements are included in the London Plan, a number of housing specific issues are included in the recently published supplementary planning guidance of housing.
In the London Plan there is a clear expectation that climate change adaptation is considered as an integral and essential part of the development process and is seen to be a key part of ensuring buildings are fit for purpose into the future. It also states that it is the early design stage that is the most cost effective moment to incorporate relevant design and technological measures.