Planning and Energy Bill


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Clause 2

Interpretation
Amendments made: No. 2, in clause 2, page 1, leave out lines 15 and 16.
No. 3, in clause 2, page 1, line 17, after ‘in’ insert ‘Part 2 of’.
No. 4, in clause 2, page 1, line 21, leave out subsection (2).—[Mr. Fallon.]
Clause 2, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clause 3 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

New Clause 1

Energy policies
‘(1) A local planning authority in England may in their development plan documents, and a local planning authority in Wales may in their local development plan, include policies imposing reasonable requirements for—
(a) a proportion of energy used in development in their area to be energy from renewable sources in the locality of the development;
(b) a proportion of energy used in development in their area to be low carbon energy from sources in the locality of the development;
(c) development in their area to comply with energy efficiency standards that exceed the energy requirements of building regulations.
(2) In subsection (1)(c)—
“energy efficiency standards” means standards for the purpose of furthering energy efficiency that are—
(a) set out or referred to in regulations made by the appropriate national authority, or
(b) set out or endorsed in national policies or guidance issued by the appropriate national authority;
“energy requirements”, in relation to building regulations, means requirements of building regulations in respect of energy performance or conservation of fuel and power.
(3) In subsection (2) “appropriate national authority” means—
(a) the Secretary of State, in the case of a local planning authority in England;
(b) the Welsh Ministers, in the case of a local planning authority in Wales.
(4) The power conferred by subsection (1) has effect subject to subsections (5) to (7) and to—
(a) section 19 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, in the case of a local planning authority in England;
(b) section 62 of that Act, in the case of a local planning authority in Wales.
(5) Policies included in development plan documents by virtue of subsection (1) must not be inconsistent with relevant national policies for England.
(6) Policies included in a local development plan by virtue of subsection (1) must not be inconsistent with relevant national policies for Wales.
(7) Relevant national policies are—
(a) national policies relating to energy from renewable sources, in the case of policies included by virtue of subsection (1)(a);
(b) national policies relating to low carbon energy, in the case of policies included by virtue of subsection (1)(b);
(c) national policies relating to furthering energy efficiency, in the case of policies included by virtue of subsection (1)(c).’.—[Mr. Fallon.]
Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Title

Amendment made: No. 5, in title, line 1, leave out ‘generation’ and insert ‘use’.—[Mr. Fallon.]
Bill, as amended, to be reported.
Committee rose at six minutes to Ten o’clock.
 
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