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NPPF should include provision for electric vehicles

Words: Laura Edgar
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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will ensure that local planning policies can incorporate facilities for charging electric vehicles, according to the government’s Road to Zero Strategy.

This forms part of the government’s plans on how to support the development of “one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world”.

The strategy says that the government will increase the supply and sustainability of low carbon fuels in the UK through a “legally-binding 15-year strategy to more than double their use, reaching 7 per cent of road transport fuel by 2032”.

The document commits the government to consulting, this summer, on a proposal “to increase the height limit for the Permitted Development Right in England for the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints in designated off-street parking spaces”.

Another consultation will take place on amending building regulations to require relevant charging provision in new non-residential buildings.

Road to Zero Strategy states that the government aims to ensure that homes built “in the coming years are electric vehicle ready”.

“It is our intention that all new homes, where appropriate, should have a chargepoint available. We plan to consult as soon as possible on introducing a requirement for chargepoint infrastructure for new dwellings in England where appropriate.”

The government wants all new street lighting columns to include charging points in areas with current on-street parking provision and it will invest £4.5 million in the ‘On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme’ until 2020.

Road to Zero Strategy can be found on Department for Transport website.

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