Planning Guidelines and Building Regulations

There are certain common themes arising from climate change in the policy documents of each of the four boroughs within which Highgate is situated: reduction in energy use to achieve reductions in CO2 emissions, use of renewable energy, conservation of water, flooding. The requirements and recommendations to achieve those changes vary between Boroughs.

What follows is a summary of the planning policies and guidance of each of the four boroughs in relation to the installation of solar panels and other ‘renewables’, such as air source heat pumps. The summary of the changes in Part L of the Building Regulations, which cover England and Wales, attempts to explain what is required to limit heat loss. Heat gain is as important but is not covered.

Not everyone realises that obtaining Planning Permission or Listed Building consent is not the only requirement that allows you to build or alter buildings. There is a raft of regulations but the most significant for any project are the Building Regulations.

If you are considering changes to your property, come along to the Highgate Society’s ‘sounding board’ session every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12.00 at 10a South Grove in the centre of Highgate. You can come and talk to planning committee members about your ideas over a cup of coffee.


The Building Regulations and Local Planning Authority documents here contain summaries of the information for new buildings and refurbishments relevant to the Highgate area. As the whole of Highgate in all the four boroughs is covered by Conservation Area status, specific requirements apply to most projects and alterations. Listed buildings are subject to more stringent regulation, for example, windows may not be double glazed.

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