Section: Sustainability

Local government leaders to Ministry of Housing: Don't hold us back on green homes

Posted 11.05.18
UK Green Building Council: Article link

A group representing ambitious cities and local authorities has sent an open letter to Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Dominic Raab, demanding support for their efforts to cut carbon emissions from new homes through the planning system.

Timed to coincide with the consultation closing for the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the letter proposes new wording of the NPPF as well as a new Ministerial Statement to provide confidence and clarity.

A changing national policy context for housing in recent years has led to confusion and uncertainty about what can and cannot be done at the local level to raise the sustainability of new build homes - particularly on energy and carbon.

The proposed measures would make clear that local authorities have the freedom to set higher sustainability standards in new homes.

The letter has been coordinated by the UK Green Building Council and is co-signed by Core Cities UK and UK100. These groups represent an influential group of leading cities and local authorities, together with major property and construction businesses.


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