Evidence base

Climate change

The council has produced a Climate Change Strategy, which covers the period 2008-2011. It includes targets around:

  • reducing the borough’s contribution to climate change
  • reducing C02 emissions and energy consumption across the 
  • improving street and environmental cleanliness
  • continuing to increase recycling rates across the borough


In accordance with the requirements of PPS 1a the council published an energy evidence base report in September 2010 entitled Towards Zero Carbon Development.  This report establishes the rationale and viability of carbon emission saving targets and examines measures to promote sustainable design and construction.

Towards Zero Carbon Development report

Working jointly with the GLA and LDA, the council are also assessing the feasibility of decentralised energy networks within the borough.  Phase 1 of this project was completed in May 2010 and encompasses a heat mapping exercise.

The heat mapping study identified eight focus areas with the greatest potential for development of district heat and power networks in the borough focussing on the Uxbridge Road/Crossrail and the A40/Park Royal corridors.

As a natural follow on to this work, a preliminary masterplanning study for one of the focus areas – Southall, has now been completed.  This study, published in July 2013, has informed the development of an Opportunity Area Planning framework for the area, and provided an important basis for developing a more detailed feasibility/viability work around the delivery of a network in the area.

A detailed feasibility and business case study was completed in July 2015 which demonstrates the potential to develop a decentralised heating network in Southall connecting key sites including Southall Waterside, Southall Gateway, Southall East, The Green and Ealing Hammersmith & West London College.

The council has also produced an energy statement guidance for developers to demonstrate the energy and sustainability measures and carbon dioxide savings as required by the policies in the London Plan 2011, the Mayor’s SPG on Sustainable Design and Construction and a range of national and local policies and guidance.

As of 9 January 2013 Ealing Council requires all applicants/developers submitting major development proposals to undertake monitoring post-construction to demonstrate compliance with the energy policies of the Local Plan. To assist developers/applicants in satisfying this requirement, the council has procured a platform/mechanism in the form of an Automated Energy (& CO2) Monitoring Platform [AEMP]. A calculator is also provided to assist you in calculating the likely costs for the provision of this platform.  

Strategic flood risk assessment

In accordance with national policy (NPPF) the council is required to carry out a strategic flood risk assessment (SFRA) for our area, which assesses the risk of flooding from all sources, now and in the future, taking account of the impacts of climate change.

The SFRA is a planning tool which supports and informs the preparation of our Local Plan and the determination of planning applications, and seeks to guide new development away from areas of greatest risk of flooding.

In May 2018, the council published a new SFRA which supersedes the earlier report issued in March 2008.  The new SFRA has been prepared jointly with neighbouring West London authorities.