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Combined Heat and Power: Schools

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of 10 May 2007, Official Report, columns 365-6W, on schools: combined heat and power, if she will take steps to encourage more local planning authorities to require the installation of renewable energy facilities in new schools to supply a proportion of the building’s energy load. (138370)

The written ministerial statement of 8 June 2006 about the Government’s planning policies for renewable energy (PPS22) encouraged local planning authorities to take a positive approach to securing on-site renewables in new developments. In doing so, it was made clear that all planning authorities are expected to include policies in their development plans that require a percentage of the energy in new developments to come from on-site renewables where it is viable. Officials sent a copy of the written ministerial statement to all English planning authorities.

We have also recently consulted on a draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) “Planning and Climate Change”. This sets out our proposals on how planning should make a full contribution to reducing emissions and stabilising climate change. These include giving greater emphasis to local renewable and low carbon sources for supplying the energy needs of new developments, including new schools.