Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q52. What are your views on our proposed policy approach to electric vehicle charging points? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 9138657//12
Respondent Home Builders Federation Ltd (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

It is premature for the Council to introduce a requirement for electric vehicle charging points in residential developments. Before pursuing such a policy requirement, the Council should engage with the main energy suppliers in order to determine network capacity to accommodate any adverse impacts if a proportion of dwellings are to have a re-charge facility. If re-charging demand became excessive there may be constraints to increasing the electric loading in an area because of the limited size and capacity of existing cables and new sub-station infrastructure may be necessary. The cost of such infrastructure may adversely impact on housing delivery. If electric vehicles are to be encouraged by the Government, then a national standardised approach implemented through the Building Regulations is more appropriate. The Council should be wary of developing its own policy and await the outcome of the Government’s proposed future consultation to be undertaken by the Department of Transport.

Summary
Premature for council to introduce requirement for electric vehicles
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