New homes to provide for the cars of the future, under new plans

Published Tuesday, 10th September 2019
New homes to provide for the cars of the future, under new plans
Every new home and workplace in the borough with space for parking could be required to provide electric vehicle charging points as part of a suite of new Planning documents due for public consultation.

Every new home and workplace in the borough with space for parking could be required to provide electric vehicle charging points.

As part of a suite of new Planning documents due for public consultation if they are agreed by the Council’s Cabinet on September 16th. The charging points will provide residents with a convenient charging station for plug-in vehicles, and contribute to improving the quality of air in Rotherham.

The charging points are one of six new draft Supplementary Planning Documents which are being proposed at the next Rotherham Council Cabinet Meeting. The Supplementary Planning Documents set out a variety of planning policies affecting new household developments, health considerations, air quality, town centre building uses and shop front designs.

Supplementary Planning Documents provide additional detail and guidance to support Local Plan policies. Once adopted, they are a material consideration which can be taken into account when determining planning applications.

Under the plans, builders will be urged to include one charging point for houses with dedicated parking or one charging point per 10 spaces for residences with unallocated, communal parking.

The proposals also include banning new fast food takeaways from opening within 800 metres of a school entrance, a proposal that the Council has tried to introduce using other methods previously.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet member for Jobs and the Local Economy, says: “These proposals will help to shape the future of housing and retail developments right across the borough, so it’s right that we look at what steps are necessary to ensure we get the right proposals for sustainable communities. As we are increasingly conscious of issues around air quality, and when we know that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2040, now is the time to look at what more we can do to ensure Rotherham homes and businesses are fit for the future. I am looking forward to hearing responses to the consultation on our proposals.”

If agreed, all the documents will go forward for public consultation for a four week period from 7th October 2019. After, it will return to councillors to make a final decision on the adoption of the policy or to make any changes.