D5 – Energy and Water efficiency The Government have set out in national policy and the written ministerial statement of the 25th March 2015 the scope of the planning system when considering technical standards for new homes. This effectively limits Local Planning Authorities to setting standards only in relation to the three optional technical standards established in PPG. Any consideration with regard to a development proposal can only relate to these optional standards. However, the first paragraph of policy D5 suggests that the Council will consider more favourably developments that go beyond those required by Building Regulations. This is inappropriate. The Council should support development wherever it meets the policy requirements set out in in the Local Plan and as such the first paragraph of D5 should be deleted.
Electricity, gas and water are often considered to be plentiful. In reality they are precious and increasingly more costly to provide. -Electricity - to avoid fossil fuels, and causing more climate change, we must generate more renewable energy in Fareham. Legislation must be passed that all new suitable homes and industrial buildings should have mandatory solar power systems capable of deliverying a minimum of, say, 2500kWh per annum. -Gas - a fossil fuel. Most gas is imported, and is a drain on the economy. Extra demand for gas strengthens the case for fracking in England - another retrograde development. Water - water is a scarce resource. The South of England is classed as an 'Area of Serious Water Stress' by DEFRA, the Government department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Abstraction from the rivers Test and Itchen has had to be reduced to maintain water for conservation. -Energy conservation. Legislation for higher standards of home isolation is needed to save precious energy.