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 21579777//13
Respondent Taylor Wimpey - The Vale [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Savills
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

Q44. to Q47. Climate Change

1.41. Any changes to policy must be considered in the context of building regulations and national technical standards, and have consideration to the likely impact on the deliverability and viability of development. For residential development, any policy for net zero carbon could have a significant impact on schemes’ ability to deliver affordable housing for example.

1.42. From a resident’s perspective, decentralised energy systems should not be automatically considered the best option. There is currently a lack of regulation in the industry and limiting residents ability to switch suppliers and tariffs can contribute to fuel poverty, particularly for vulnerable households.

Summary
Any changes to policy must be considered in the context of building regulations and national technical standards, and have consideration to the likely impact on the deliverability and viability of development. For residential development, any policy for net zero carbon could have a significant impact on schemes’ ability to deliver affordable housing for example.
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