Electric car charging points charging: no planning permission needed for installations in streets and outdoor car parks

The Government has outlined support to encourage greater use of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Ministers want councils to be at the forefront of an electric car revolution making it easier for drivers to make green choices. They are urging councils to promote electric vehicle charging points in new developments, without making developments unaffordable.

Crucially, Ministers are announcing their intention to allow charging points to be built on streets and in outdoor car parks without the need for planning permission.

The Government believes this will help redraw the motoring map of the country - building on the launch of eco-friendly car grants, available to green motorists from this month. The Plug-In Car Grant will reduce the cost of eligible cars by a quarter, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Ministers believe people will embrace new technology and take practical steps to adopt a lifestyle kinder to the environment if they are given the right support by central and local government. This means more charging points across the country in order to increase the mass market appeal of electric vehicles.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: 'Over the last decade, motorists' lives have become a misery, with politicians failing to address people's aspirations to own cars. With 84 per cent of journeys made by car, instead of pointlessly penalising drivers we want to make it easier for car owners to make greener choices on the road.

'We know people want to buy into the eco friendly car, but they need their politicians to catch up and bring in the infrastructure that makes it a feasible option. That's why we are today urging councils to include charging points in new developments and the Government will relax the need for planning permission for electric charging points on streets, walls and in car parks.'

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