Taylor Wimpey is trying to avoid doing more than the minimum required to limit the impact of climate change.
The company’s response to the consultation on Mid Suffolk and Babergh’s draft Local Plan illustrate their intentions for the new houses they want to build in Debenham.
Taylor Wimpey representations
On renewable energy the TW response is gnomic:
It is positive that the Council are seeking to support rnewable technologies. However, the Council should also understand implications on viability associated with renewable technologies.
On water saving they are more direct:
We do not support the Council’s preference to include water efficieny measures in new builds as it is felt this policy is not necessary. These measures should be covered by Building Regulations.
And on additional environment requirements, they say:
We believe there are no additional environmental standards that Babergh and Mid Suffolk should be requiring from developments.
The councils’ questions
On renewable energy the councils’ document offered to policy options:
Option RE1 – Renewable Energy – Leave to NPPF [National Planning Policy Framework] to provide policy framework. The NPPF requires local planning authorities to approve applicationss for renewable energy if the imacts are (or can be made) acceptable.
Option RE2 – Renewable Energy poliey. To supplement national policy under this option the Council would develop a local plan policy which will support the delivery of such technologies but will include criteria related to specific impacts including landscape. The policy approach will need to be robust to enable assessment of effects and have scope in the future to consider emerging technologies which may be in use over the next 10 years and beyond.
On water saving the councils’ consultation says:
The councils initial preference in relation to sustainability standards is to require that new residential development meet the optional standard of 110 litres/person/day in relation to water usage given the the water scarcity in the area.
On additional environmental requirements the councils’ document lists several including:
Improvements in energy efficiency for all development to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions below the target emissions rate of the current Building Regulations can be sought.
From the TW planning application
The planning appllication for the houses north of Gracechurch street does not say much on this subject. Just this:
At the detailed design stage, the new homes will be designed to meet national and local targets in respect of reducing energy demand, carbon emissions and energy efficiency.
From this, I think it is fair to believe that TW want conditions that are no more stringent than current Building Regulations.
Land off Gracechurch Street, Debenham, Representations on the BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.
Crowd sourcing: Cross referencing these two documents is a tiresome task but if anyone would like to dig deeper than I have been able to do so far, please contact me.