In recent years, there has been a surge in the purchase and sale of electric cars across the United Kingdom. With the UK government actively encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the need for an accessible and reliable charging infrastructure has become paramount. This has led to a growing demand for the installation of electric car charging points in various locations.
ET Planning, has been at the involved in securing multiple planning permissions for electric car charging points in key locations across the UK. With their expertise in navigating the complex planning process, they have successfully obtained four planning permissions in Aberdeen, Dundee, North Tyneside, and Chelmsford.
The UK government recognises the importance of supporting the growth of the electric vehicle market.
In 2023 alone, a record number of electric cars were sold, reflecting the increasing demand for clean and sustainable transportation options. However, one of the primary concerns among potential EV owners is the issue of range anxiety, or the fear of running out of battery power while on the road. Having a network of charging points strategically located throughout the country can alleviate this concern and encourage more consumers to transition to electric cars.
While the UK government has introduced permitted development rights for the installation of electric car charging units in existing car parks, the local planning systems still play a crucial role in facilitating the change of use of land for this purpose. In some cases, obtaining planning permission for a change of use is necessary to ensure the installation of charging stations.
ET Planning has encountered specific requirements and conditions during the planning process for each of their secured permissions. For example, multiple permissions required surface water drainage assessments, highlighting the importance of assessing the potential environmental impact of these charging stations on surrounding land. There were also conditional controls added on noise, tree protection and contamination investigation, indicating a varied response by local authorities across the country.
ET Planning remains committed to delivering high-quality electric car charging infrastructure across the UK
ET Plannings ability to navigate the complex planning process and overcome hurdles is what sets them apart. By working closely with their clients and engaging with local planning authorities, they ensure that all necessary conditions are met before the commencement of installation.
Noting the varied approach to the application of planning conditions by local authorities, a more standardised approach would expedite the delivery of electric car charging infrastructure in the UK. This could include the introduction of a prior approval process for change of use for example, which would narrow the matters for assessment and streamline the application process for such proposals.
To further drive the delivery of electric car charging infrastructure in the UK, it is crucial for the government to introduce a more standardized approach. This could include the introduction of a prior approval process for change of use, which would reduce the individual resource constraints faced by each local council and streamline the planning process. By implementing a more united approach to planning requirements and procedures, the government can accelerate the delivery of essential infrastructure and support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
In conclusion, ET Planning’s success in securing planning permissions for electric car charging points in the UK demonstrates their expertise and dedication to facilitating the growth of the electric vehicle market. With their knowledge of the planning process and commitment to meeting all necessary requirements, they ensure that the installation of these charging stations is done responsibly and sustainably. As the demand for electric cars continues to rise, the availability of a reliable and accessible charging infrastructure is critical. ET Planning is at the forefront of making this vision a reality, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future for the UK.
For more information and expert advice on securing planning permissions for electric car charging points or any other planning-related matters, contact ET Planning today.