Rightsizing governance

Decision-making at the local authority level is very coarse-grained. There do not need to be 32 different ways of consenting developments that aid decarbonisation e.g alternatives to gas boilers through building standards.  Renewable energy installations could either be pre-approved, delegated to accredited installers or an empowered community level in the journey to a 75% reduction by 2030 far less net zero by 2045.

Through National Planning Framework 4, development plan status could be conferred on a range of community developments e.g. growing space/allotments, greenspace and riparian enhancements, renewable energy generation and storage where these are on community owned land and buildings.

Additionally the Scottish Government's current consultation...

https://www.gov.scot/publications/consultation-proposals-changes-permitted-development-rights-phase-1-priority-development-types/pages/3/

...on permitted development rights in planning does not tackle the following issues until late next year. Phase 4 should be brought forward.

Phases 4 and beyond – beginning Autumn 2021 & subsequently

  • Micro-renewables (domestic and non-domestic)
  • District heating and supporting infrastructure
  • Energy storage (domestic and non-domestic)
  • Householder developments

Why the contribution is important

The pace of change is way too slow.

The status of some carbon reduction proposals for example on community owned assets is too low.

Consenting processes could be streamlined. 

Priorities in permitted development rights changes are Covid rather than carbon reduction focused.

by Graham on October 19, 2020 at 09:21AM

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