Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy G2: Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

 

An electric vehicle charging point/socket will be provided at every new residential property which has a garage or dedicated residential car parking space within its curtilage.

In all other new residential properties, the provision of electric vehicle charging points/sockets will be strongly encouraged where, in the opinion of the City Council, it is reasonable to do so and where it is technically feasible.

For non-residential development which provides 100 or more car parking bays, at least 2% of bays should be utilised for the provision of rapid charging points for electric vehicles. Exceptions will only be made where the applicant can demonstrate the local electricity network is technically unable to support this.


3.7.13 JCS Policy SD4 'Design requirements' promotes, where feasible, facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles for the scale of development where a masterplan is required. The GCP builds on this, based on the following:

  • The NPPF (2019) at Para 105 encourages policies to ensure an adequate provision of spaces for charging plug-in and ultra-low emission vehicles.
  • Under Government plans, the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicle will be prohibited by 2040 and possibly sooner.
  • Global vehicle manufacturers are already making a major shift to electric or hybrid vehicle production and during the plan period there is likely to be major technological change at a rapid pace. Towns and cities across the UK are putting in new infrastructure and Gloucester cannot afford to get left behind.
  • Meeting targets outlined in the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan especially relating to 'Clean air' and 'Mitigating and adapting to climate change'.
  • Existing air quality issues within the city, including the existence of four Air Quality Management Areas.

3.7.14 In terms of the technical requirements of this policy; for one dwelling the minimum requirement is a single phase 13-amp socket. This is likely to be upgraded by the homeowner as technologies change.

3.7.15 Exemptions are made for residential flats/apartments and residential care homes with communal parking areas where, due to high costs and issues of security, servicing and maintenance it may not always be suitable or feasible to require charging points.