Around half of local authorities have higher building standards than national requirements, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has found. Data from Freedom of Information requests submitted by the STA found that 51% of local authorities have higher standards and 17% have ‘leading’ policies in terms of ambition, scope and integration of renewables. In particular, Milton Keynes was lauded as a leader, with an Energy and Climate Statement that requires developers to set out how they will how they will achieve a 19% reduction as required under national planning policy, as well as provide on-site renewable generation or a connection to a renewable or low carbon community energy scheme that contributes to a 20% reduction in residual carbon emissions.
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UK100 Director Polly Billington said: “The government is proposing to limit the ability of local authorities to help the UK meet its net zero target by setting national standards as a ceiling when they should be a floor. Many of our members, including Milton Keynes, Bristol and East Dunbartonshire, have set building regulations and planning guidance to drive higher standards for new homes, making homes more affordable to run as well as reducing the contribution to climate change. The fact that more than 50% of local authorities already exceed national standards demonstrates the ambition of local leaders, which should be supported by national government.” Scottish local authorities continue to edge their English counterparts owing to higher national standards established by the Scottish Government. These higher standards have not affected housebuilding levels in Scotland, with steady development of more than 15,000 homes a year for the last four years running. Anecdotal evidence provided by STA Scotland members indicates that more that 80% of new dwellings in Scotland are now built with solar.
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