Friday, February 17, 2006

Tory forces planning rethink on renewables

An amendment to the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill that would require developers to “incorporate on site renewable energy in all new commercial developments over 1000m2 and all residential developments over 5 units" was defeated on 9th February by 10 votes to 5 by MPs.

The amendment was tabled by Conservative Shadow Environment Minister Gregory Barker MP who said "tinkering at the edges is not enough".

However, the importance of the issue and the need to look again at PPS22 was accepted by the Government. ODPM Minister for Housing and Planning Yvette Cooper has committed to undertake an "urgent review" of PPS22 (Planning Policy Statement for Renewable Energy).

The Low Carbon Kid hopes the review won't get bogged down in red tape and is completed soon.

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