Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q44. Should a new policy aspire to net zero carbon new development? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 9138657//9
Respondent Home Builders Federation [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018

A new policy should not aspire to net zero carbon new development. Under the 2018 NPPF new development should be planned to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by its location, orientation and design. Any local requirements for the sustainability of buildings should reflect the Government’s policy for national technical standards (para 150b). The Government has sought to set standards for energy efficiency through the national Building Regulations. The WMS published on 25 March 2015 sought to clarify the regulatory regime. At that time the Government decided to improve energy efficiency for residential buildings through Part L of the Building Regulations. The starting point for the reduction of energy consumption should be an energy hierarchy of energy reduction, energy efficiency, renewable energy and then finally low carbon energy. From the start emphasis should be on a ‘fabric first’ approach which by improving fabric specification increases thermal efficiency and so reduces heating and electricity usage. Plans should identify opportunities for development to draw its energy supply from decentralised, renewable or low carbon energy supply systems and for co-locating potential heat customers and suppliers to help increase the use and supply of renewable and low carbon energy and heat (2018 NPPF para 151c). The 2018 NPPF does not stipulate that the Council should be seeking connection to such energy supply systems. Indeed such a requirement is unfair to future consumers by restricting their ability to change energy supplier.


Should not aspire to zero carbon development