Developers challenged over carbon footprint of new buildings in UK

Critics say retrofitting rather than demolishing and constructing buildings has less climate impact There is a new front in Britain’s planning wars. Rows over obstructed views and architectural style are being elbowed aside by concerns about the carbon footprint of new buildings. This week, Marks & Spencer became the latest company challenged over its climate impact, when opponents warned the planned demolition of its 90-year-old flagship store on Oxford Street and replacement with a new structure will create so much carbon dioxide that 2.4m trees would need to be planted to offset it. Continue reading...

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