South Gloucestershire New Local Plan Phase 1 Responses

Local Plan 2020

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NameResponseDate
Redcliffe Homes No comments. 01 Jun 2021 13:16
Waddeton Park Ltd - Land at Hi… 87. Whilst there is no standard electric vehicle charging system at present, it would be reasonable to provide the necessary infrastructure to enable widespread electric charging.

88. Waddeton Park Ltd support the proposal to provide fast (7kW - 22kW Mode 3), charger infrastructure subject to the energy requirements of a development and the availability of local electricity grid capacity. It is noteworthy that the emerging Plan recognises that grid capacity may be an issue in some locations and the suggested flexibility is supported. At present, Mode 3 (7kW) charging with a universal socket is aligned with current battery sizes and technology and it is suggested that this is adopted. This would allow for overnight charging of all forms of electric transport.

89. SGC should also be mindful that the Department of Transport held a consultation on electric vehicle charging in residential and non-residential buildings in October 2019. It set out the Government’s preferred option to introduce a new functional requirement under Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations to provide for electric vehicle charging points. The consultation indicated that one charger per dwelling rather than one per parking space should be sought. This is reflective of the continued needs to discourage private car travel in favour of other modes.

90. Whilst the delivery of electric vehicle charging points is an important step towards Carbon neutrality, it is also important that housing delivery remains viable when considered alongside all other S106 obligations. The current cost of adding a 7kW charger is around £1,000 per dwelling and this should be built into the whole Plan viability model.

91. Regarding the on cost of upgrading of the power grid, the Government’s consultation set a threshold at £3,600 per dwelling. The emerging SGC Plan should reflect the outcome of the Government research.

92. SGC should also be mindful of Part S of the Building Regulations and ensure the Plan is consistent with this approach.

93. Waddeton Park Ltd therefore supports the provision of infrastructure to enable a transition to electric vehicles, but first and foremost, the emerging Plan should be focusing housing and employment growth where other forms of transport (walking, cycling and e-bike), are most useable and then where trips are likely to prove the shortest by other means. This is best achieved through a proper review of the Spatial Strategy.
17 May 2021 18:40
Ivywell Capital (IC) 6.9 We support a more flexible approach to the provision of parking infrastructure where a site's specific context or proposed use may necessitate a lesser or greater provision than normal.

6.10 Whilst electric vehicles have significant potential to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, they do not justify a move away from ensuring development maximises opportunities for walking, cycling and Public Transport to access services, facilities and employment. Nevertheless, they are a more sustainable alternative to alternative private modes of transport and should be supported in new development, especially in rural areas.
17 May 2021 15:38
Bristol and England Properties… 6.9 We support a more flexible approach to the provision of parking infrastructure where a site's specific context or proposed use may necessitate a lesser or greater provision than normal.

6.10 Whilst electric vehicles have significant potential to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, they do not justify a move away from ensuring development maximises opportunities for walking, cycling and Public Transport to access services, facilities and employment. Nevertheless, they are a more sustainable alternative to alternative private modes of transport and should be supported in new development, especially in rural areas.
17 May 2021 10:52
South West Housing Association… There are a number of working draft policies at Appendix 2 which concern Climate Change mitigation, energy management and electric car charging. We support these draft policies where the Council can show that they have been robustly viability tested. While these policies are essential for futureproofing our communities, they should not restrict the delivery of much needed affordable housing in South Gloucestershire, especially as affordability remains a key issue for the Council. 14 May 2021 19:19
Newland Homes - Land at Aust Road 6.10 We support a more flexible approach to the provision of parking infrastructure where a site's specific context or proposed use may necessitate a lesser or greater provision than normal.

6.11 Whilst electric vehicles have significant potential to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, they do not justify a move away from ensuring development maximises opportunities for walking, cycling and Public Transport to access services, facilities and employment. Nevertheless, they are a more sustainable alternative to alternative private modes of transport and should be supported in new development, especially in rural areas.
14 May 2021 17:12
Newland Homes - Land West of T… 6.10 We support a more flexible approach to the provision of parking infrastructure where a site's specific context or proposed use may necessitate a lesser or greater provision than normal.

6.11 Whilst electric vehicles have significant potential to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, they do not justify a move away from ensuring development maximises opportunities for walking, cycling and Public Transport to access services, facilities and employment. Nevertheless, they are a more sustainable alternative to alternative private modes of transport and should be supported in new development, especially in rural areas.
13 May 2021 17:52
Persimmon Homes Severn Valley Please see attached document.

Proposed Policy: Parking Requirements, including Electric Vehicles:

6.13 We note the approach that is being proposed in terms of the level of parking provision for residential development, both within the identified Parking Zones and beyond. We believe that the policy as currently drafted would benefit from greater flexibility to allow it to react to individual circumstances and would suggest that the Council considers adding the phrase “Where appropriate and feasible” at the beginning of the proposed wording.

6.14 With regard to the minimum parking standards for residential development (Schedule A, page 186), clarification is also sort as to whether these include garage spaces.

6.15 We are also concerned as to the approach being taken in respect of electric vehicles. Whilst Persimmon supports the principle of facilitating the provision of electric vehicle charging points within new residential development, it is important to understand that, at this time, technology is advancing rapidly and is likely to change substantially during the lifetime of the new Local Plan. On this basis, Persimmon would suggest ensuring that the necessary infrastructure (for example in terms of ducting) is in place to allow the consumer to make the choice as to what connections are fitted in the future.

6.16 Likewise, the provision of electric charging points must be also subject to other considerations including the availability of infrastructure and viability which may be outside of a developer’s control and these factors should be recognised in the policy. It is also important that the new policy does not set an unrealistic aspiration especially given that the Government consultation on amending Building Regulations has not yet concluded.
11 May 2021 18:35
Strongvox Homes Parking Requirements, including Electric Vehicles:

6.8 We support a more flexible approach to the provision of parking infrastructure where a site's specific context or proposed use may necessitate a lesser or greater provision than normal.

6.9 Whilst electric vehicles have significant potential to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, they do not justify a move away from ensuring development maximises opportunities for walking, cycling and Public Transport to access services, facilities and employment. Nevertheless, they are a more sustainable alternative to alternative private modes of transport and should be supported in new development, especially in rural areas.
11 May 2021 18:08
Progress Land Ltd Technology moves quickly and the requirement of all dwellings to have charging points is potentially not providing the flexibility required until 2038. Hyrdogen cars and other forms of transport may need to be incorporated or perhaps flexibility in wording to make the policy robust. 11 May 2021 13:45
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