ACE responds to Lord’s Close development proposals

Barry White

ACE  has responded to the planning application submitted by Giggleswick School and Wellesley Homes to Craven District Council for a mix of 41, one, two, three and four-bedroom houses on two parcels of land at Lord’s Close, Giggleswick. Following discussions by the campaign’s energy working group and at the virtual Green Café meeting on Saturday 15 January, Sarah Wiltshire ACE Coordinator has written to the Council’s planning department as follows:

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Scaling back on electrical vehicle chargers

Barry White

Amidst a media fanfare the government announced plans in November for a charging point to be required for every new or refurbished residential building from next year. Now it seems they have quietly backtracked on proposals to require every shop, office or factory in England to install at least one electric car charger if they have a large car park. The original plan required every new and existing non-residential building with parking for 20 cars or more to install a charger. However, the Department for Transport (DfT) has now revealed it will only require chargers be installed in new or refurbished commercial premises amid fears over the cost for businesses, according to a response to a consultation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans last month, saying the regulations were “world-leading”. However, the decision to drop the requirement for existing non-residential buildings means the UK could fall behind the EU, which is introducing a rule for existing buildings to install cable routes for chargers after 2025. Some experts believe that the decision will mean that access to electrical vehicle public chargers will trail demand as the sale of electrical vehicles increases. Continue reading “Scaling back on electrical vehicle chargers”

What has our energy use at home got to do with climate change?

Jess Wiles Hubbub

Environmental charity Hubbub is working with Craven District Council to help residents reduce their energy consumption at home and save money this winter. Jess from the charity, explains how and why getting savvy with your energy bills can help do your bit to tackle climate change.

A huge 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from energy used to heat and power our homes. And while the amount of renewable energy in the energy grid is increasing all the time, there is still a big reliance on fossil fuels like oil and gas to provide this power. Fossil fuels produce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change and damage our communities and economy in Yorkshire, through flooding and high summer temperatures.

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Getting charged up in Craven

With the installation of three electric vehicle fast charging points at Ashfield car park in Settle underway, Craven District Council has announced it has been successful in its latest grant application to The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV). It has won new funding which means 12 more fast charging points will be installed across the district.

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