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Minister urges authorities to use renewable energy

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper has urged all local authorities to include on-site renewable energy measures in their local development plans to help tackle climate change.

A survey of local plans published this week by the Department for Communities and Local Government highlighted that many local authorities are already adopting requirements for on-site renewable in new developments.

On the back of this the Government is now urging all local authorities to do the same.

This will be outlined in the new planning policy guidance on climate change due out later this year.

Speaking at the TCPA/Renewable Energy Association conference yesterday Ms Cooper set out the Government's clear long term ambition to support the move towards zero carbon development.

Ms Cooper said: 'It is time to rethink the way we build. It is time to rethink the way we design our homes and communities, if we are to build communities for the future that are truly sustainable.

'Our long term ambition should be zero carbon development and we believe the Thames Gateway offers a fantastic opportunity to lead the way in environmental improvements for new developments.'

  • London mayor Ken Livingstone set tough new carbon emissions targets in draft amendments to the London Plan published last week.
  • Mr Livingstone wants developers and planners to double carbon emission reductions for new schemes to 20 per cent using onsite renewable energy.

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