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Jenrick outlines green commitment

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has made a commitment to a new green standard to tackle the climate crisis and keep household energy bills low.

The Future Homes Standard would see fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, banned from new-build homes by 2025.

They will be replaced with cleaner technology, including air source heat pumps and “cutting-edge” solar panels, explained the government.

Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar; I want to ensure everyone – including developers – does their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support.”

This is why, he explained, he is requiring carbon emissions to be cut by up to 80 per cent from 2025 for all new homes.

A consultation on the Future Homes Standard closes on 10 January 2020.

This announcement is just one of a number from the government this week, as it hosts the Conservative Party conference.

On Monday, the housing secretary launched a building design guide with “genuine clout” that would replace “outdated guidance”.

He also announced that permitted development rights would be extended.

The extended permitted development rules would initially apply to purpose-built blocks of flats form January 2020, but would eventually be rolled out to detached houses. These would allow homeowners to add an extra two-storeys to their homes without seeking planning permission, under the same rules that currently apply to small extensions and loft conversions.

Richard Blyth, head of policy at the RTPI, questioned the move. “It is very difficult to see how this concern for better design and public involvement is compatible with a relaxation in rules on ‘building up’ and the consequent inability of neighbours to have a formal route to object.”

The government also said the accelerated planning green paper would be published in November.

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