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The Merton Rule was the groundbreaking planning policy, developed by the London Borough of Merton, which required new developments to generate at least 10% of their energy needs from on-site renewable energy equipment in order to help reduce annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the built environment.
Merton Council developed the rule and adopted it in 2003. Since then the Mayor of London and many councils implemented it, and it became part of national planning guidance. Merton Council has worked with other authorities, professions and industry to embed the Merton Rule.
The inclusion of energy requirements in building regulations has superseded the need for a prescriptive renewable energy targets for new development for an outer urban borough like Merton. We have adopted a new approach; as set out in Core Planning Strategy policy CS15 of the Local Development Framework, using nationally recognised sustainable design and construction standards (the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM). However, our new approach does not exclude the effectiveness of implementing ‘Merton Rule’ style renewable energy policies in other areas where there is greater scope for, and likely more effectiveness, from renewable energy installations.
Strategic Policy and Research
London Borough of Merton
12th Floor Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 3837 or 020 8545 4141
Fax: 020 8545 4160
This page was last updated on Wednesday 25 September 2013