A plan to power new homes in the city by a larger proportion of sustainable means has been complicated by new Government guidance.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s new guidelines in the form of supplementary planning documents or SPDs dictate that any development of three or more homes have to be carbon neutral cutting at least a quarter of their overall heating and electricity consumption from fossil fuels..
But they will now have to be revisited after a ruling by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
The Government has ruled that directives for cutting energy and water consumption can no longer be included in separate SPDs but must form part of the new Local Development Framework (LDF) documents, which generally take longer to produce and require more rigorous consultation. The LDF in Brighton & Hove is still undergoing consultation, which is likely to continue throughout 2008.
City councillors have expressed concern that meeting the directive from central government could severely delay the adoption of the city’s LDF, which might allow hundreds of homes to be given planning consent before it comes into force.
Any development of more than three homes would have to ensure that the overall project was carbon neutral in terms of energy use.
This means that if the development was to create CO2, it must be offset by making other properties more environmentally friendly at a cost of up to £2,500 per tonne of the greenhouse gas.
With 11,000 new homes to be built across Brighton and Hove in the next 20 years, these new planning guidelines could produce millions of pounds in levies to improve current homes in Brighton and Hove that are 10 years old or more.
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