Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21472001//4
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 on this section
Respondent South West Harp Planning Consortium View all by this respondent
Agent Tetlow King (Meghan Rossiter)
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

The use of electric vehicles is becoming increasingly common and it is right that the new Local Plan look to address the delivery of electric vehicle charging points. Our experience recently in the South West has not been very positive as the absence of properly researched standards has meant ill-considered requirements being placed on development. Engineers supporting local authorities in the introduction of policies and guidance on this matter have raised specific concerns, noting the significant complications and requirements relating to the provision of charging points which requires ‘considerable assessment of existing supplies’ and location by competent persons.
The advice has been that a dedicated developer’s guide and specification should be produced in support of such policy, following a thorough review of all options and clear requirements that relate to the specific challenges of delivery on brownfield and greenfield developments, and the site of development to ensure this properly reflects opportunity and cost. Such a policy should also ensure that while schemes are future proofed for eventual uptake of electric vehicles, this should not prejudice the delivery of affordable housing which remains one of the most critical priorities for the Council

Summary
A dedicated developer’s guide and specification should be produced in support of the policy, Such a policy should also ensure that while schemes are future proofed for eventual uptake of electric vehicles, this should not prejudice the delivery of affordable housing which remains one of the most critical priorities for the Council.
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