London - The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The London Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBK&C) is one of the most densely populated local authority areas in the United Kingdom. RBK&C, is situated in central London with area – 1,215 ha, and is responsible for delivering a wide range of services to the Borough's residents including the overall goal to improve the quality of life in the Borough with residential population of 158,000. From a demographic perspective, more than one-fifth of all households have a first language that is not English and 48% were born in the UK. 53% of the residents have a level four qualification and nearly three-quarters of employed residents work in senior occupations. However, two wards are part of the most deprived areas in the country. There are 20,000 businesses with 10% of all businesses being home based. The overall economy is characterised by the number of small and unique businesses, with only 2% employing more than 50 employees. RBK&C has third highest proportion of privately rented households, after Westminster City Council (WCC) and City London. The Royal Borough has a very large proportion of flats nearly 86%. There are over 18,000 rented social homes in the RBK&C, which equates to about a quarter of all properties. In addition, 70% of the borough is defined as conservation areas and there are over 4,000 listed buildings which make it difficult to take innovative planning actions such as installation of solar panels, building retrofitting, etc.
From an environmental perspective, the main source of CO2 emissions are 15% from road transport, 28% domestic, 57% from industry and commercial businesses.
There are many relevant policies in the Royal Borough which are relevant to DECUMANUS products e.g. RBK&C Core Strategy, RBK&C Local Plan, Policy CE2 - Flooding, Policy CE4 Biodiversity, Policy CE1 - Climate Change and Policy CE5 - Air Quality. Main challenges faced by the Royal Borough are understanding flooding and associated risks, basement policy review, fuel poverty and energy efficiency where DECUMANUS products are expected to contribute necessary information intelligence to make evidence based decision making. Due to size of the the Royal Borough DECUMANUS Local service products are best suited to its needs. Nevertheless, Strategic service products can be used for comparative analysis with neighbouring boroughs in London e.g. Regional Future Climate Scenarios can be used to consolidate Climate Change Strategy (2008-2015), which requires cuts in borough’s carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 and to be prepared as possible for weather related events caused by climate change and take measures for climate change adaptation.