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Lewes District Council charging ahead with electric cars

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have given the use of electric vehicles (EVs) a major boost after approving guidance that encourages developers of residential and commercial sites to include charging points in all new planning applications.

The move follows the government’s plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.  

EVs are a much cleaner and greener alternative to the harmful greenhouse gas emissions created by traditional combustion engines.

Councillor Tom Jones, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This is a really important step that I wholeheartedly welcome. I would like to thank the council for the support they have shown regarding the introduction of EV charging points.

“While the number of electric vehicles being used locally remains low, the future use of this green technology is set to soar on our roads and as the local planning authority we can help make that happen.”

Planning applications for new developments of 11 flats or more in the district will be expected to include at least one fast charging unit, all houses with a garage or driveway should have a standard charging unit and on commercial sites where there are 100 parking spaces or more, at least 2% of the bays are to be provided with a fast charging unit.

Councillor Jones added: “This guidance does not have the same status as planning policy, but it does reflect the council’s aspiration to increase the use of electric vehicles by having the necessary infrastructure in place.  

“I would urge all developers to give it due consideration when they are looking at new developments in the district.”

Published on 18 September, 2018