Local authority leaders have launched a last-ditch attempt to influence the government’s re-write of national planning guidelines, in a bid to spark construction of thousands more low-carbon homes. Just hours before the government’s consultation on revising the National Planning Polciy Framework (NPPF) closed last night, the Mayor of Liverpool as well as the leaders of Leeds and Peterborough City Councils wrote to Housing Minister Dominic Raab demanding the document do more to drive developers towards greener building practices. The government last year set an ambition to deliver up to 300,000 homes a year in order to tackle the country’s housing crisis. In March it launched a consultation on revising the NPPF to help accelerate progress towards this goal. In a bid to win last-minute influence, the letter published yesterday calls for the NPPF to require developers do more to deliver zero carbon homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment and infrastructure. Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, is also copied in to the letter.
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