Question 17/17


Question 17/17

Q. Can you please outline what measures RDC have implemented to support electric vehicles (such as charging points in public car parks (at least 7kw))? (08/08/2017)

A.  Thank you for your question regarding electric car infrastructure. The Council is generally supportive of such initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and supportive of both sustainable development and sustainable transport. The adopted Core Strategy (2014) outlines the planning policy framework for the district up to 2028. I refer you to Policy TR3: Access and New Development (iii) which stipulates support for the provision of  electric car charging infrastructure.

Policy TR3: Access and New Development

New development should minimise the need to travel and support good access to employment, services and communities facilities, as well as ensure adequate, safe access arrangements. Development will be permitted where mitigation against transport impacts which may arise from that development or cumulatively with other proposals is provided. This will be achieved through the submission of a transport assessment, transport statement or travel plan78, and where it is appropriate through:

i. Ensuring that new developments in their design and layout prioritise the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and minimise the distance to local public transport nodes;

ii. Working with the relevant agencies to seek funding for contributions for improvements to local infrastructure needed to facilitate highway capacity and safety and/or public transport accessibility and capacity, where this is necessary to serve the new development; and

iii. Provision of electric vehicles charging infrastructure.

In recent years Rother District Council applied for funding for electric charging points as part of the "eV South East Network Project", unfortunately the identified sites, including Bexhill and Rye, did not meet the criteria for installation due to the power supply infrastructure. However the Council continues to seek opportunities to draw down funding for rapid charge electric vehicle hook ups within key car parks across the District.

Also, the Civil Parking Enforcement Task & Finish Group's Terms of Reference now includes "In light of the Government's announcement that new diesel and petrol cars and vans would be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the provision of electric vehicle charging points across the district will also be considered".

The T&FG commences work in September this year. (09/08/2017)



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