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Housing Secretary unveils plans for a green planning revolution

Thursday 03 October 2019

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has unveiled plans for a new green standard for new build homes, and a consultation on changes to the planning system.

The Future Homes Standard will see fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers banned from new homes by 2025 and replaced with the latest generation of clean technology – such as air source heat pumps and cutting-edge solar panels.

Homeowners could potentially save on their energy bills as developments in the fabric of buildings, such as wall insulation and heating, help drive down the cost of keeping homes warm.

The Government has also announced plans for a new national design code that will require every single local authority across the country to produce their own design guide which reflects their unique setting, character and history, while meeting the expected national standard.

Ministers will also consult on an ambitious revamp of planning rules to create a simpler system it hopes will work for all. The move aims to benefit all planning applicants, from housing developers to individual householders seeking to extend or modify their own home, as it ensures councils work at pace to decide proposals.

The accelerated planning green paper will be published in November 2019.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone – including developers – do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support. That’s why I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development. We are also reforming the planning system making it faster and more efficient for everyone, from households to large developers, alongside giving families greater freedom to extend their homes to meet their changing needs.”

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