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Tower Hamlets Environmental Spatial Analysis Methodology

In recognition of the important role of planning in responding to climate change, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets undertook, with Land Use Consultants and the National Energy Foundation, the technical and spatial assessment of opportunities for sustainable energy and biodiversity. This identified practical and spatially specific measures to enhance sustainable energy and biodiversity opportunities within the area. These are now being integrated into the Borough's Local Development Framework through pre-application advice, development briefs, master plans and the Biodiversity Action Plan. The assessment achieved other outcomes:

  • Identification of low carbon/renewable energy technologies with the borough, including 15 potential new combined heat and power networks and visible renewable energy technologies along High Street 2012;
  • Identification of spatial opportunities for maximising the potential biodiversity enhancement, including 14 Biodiversity Enhancement Zones, a Black Redstart priority area and possible improvements to the Blue Ribbon Network;
  • Provision of a robust evidence base and clear recommendations for the Local Development Framework;
  • Identification of funding and delivery mechanisms to secure the implementation of identified opportunities.

This project has translated the theory of spatial planning into a replicable, simple, practical planning process. This process could be applied to any neighbourhood, local authority area or region in the UK, to identify spatially specific opportunities for sustainable energy and biodiversity based on local characteristics.

Location Tower Hamlets, London
Type of scheme spatial assessment strategy
Size Borough-wide
Lead landscape architect LUC
Outline brief

A technical and spatial assessment of opportunities for sustainable energy and biodiversity.

Client London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Planning authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Contact details Development and Renewal Directorate, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Awards Featured case study in the LI's climate change policy position statement 2008
Category Strategic landscape planning
Keywords assessment - climate change - energy - environmental management - research - urban areas

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