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Ken grows his green building credentials

Ken Livingstone has published draft guidance in an effort to ensure that future developments in London meet the highest standards of sustainable design and construction.

The Mayor's Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction adds detail to the policies in the London Plan.

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The draft guidance also provides examples of developments that are models of different aspects of sustainable design and construction, including:

BedZed, Sutton

Springbok Works, Dalston

Tate Modern, Southwark

Millennium Village, Greenwich.

'The London Plan's policies are helping to make London a model for other world cities by guiding development in a truly sustainable way,' Livingstone said.

'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,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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