Waterloo City farm designed by Feilden Fowles. It has been designed to be disassembled and will be relocated and reconstructed on another site. Photograph by Peter Cook

Circular Economy Statement Guidance - pre-consultation draft

A Circular Economy is as one where materials are retained in use at their highest value for as long as possible and are then reused or recycled, leaving a minimum of residual waste.

The built environment sector is the largest user of materials globally. In London it consumes 400 million tonnes of material each year and accounts for 48 per cent of waste (source: LWARB Route map). Extending the life of buildings and recovering and reusing materials at the end of their life can help reduce the demand for materials and waste produced.

Adopting circular economy approaches will play a significant role in promoting resource efficiency and addressing the challenge of the climate emergency. A transition to circular economy is also important in London becoming 100% net self-sufficient in managing its own waste.

A 'Designing for Circularity Primer' has also been written to help support organisations in the built environment sector to understand how they can embed circular economy principles into their projects and design processes.

What is the Circular Economy Statement Guidance?

Draft guidance has been produced to set out how Circular Economy Statements should be prepared for referable applications as required by draft London Plan Policy SI7. The guidance requires proposals to set out how three core circular economy principles will be achieved:

  • Conserving resources, increasing resource efficiency and sourcing sustainably
  • Designing to eliminate waste (and for ease of maintenance)
  • Managing waste sustainably and at the highest value

This document is for information.

How was this prepared?

The draft guidance has been in development since 2018. It has been informed by extensive engagement with a range of built environment stakeholders including with developers and the development industry (e.g. architects, contractors, technical consultants), the public sector and academia.

What's next?

A draft of the Circular Economy Guidance will be formally consulted on post publication of the London Plan.

The current status of the London Plan can be found here.

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