Electric vehicle charging point planning rules relaxed

Changes to planning rules intended to help speed the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles will come into force later this month, the government has announced.

In a consultation response published last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said that height limits would be increased so that larger rapid electric vehicle charging points can be considered ‘permitted development’, allowing such applications a more streamlined route through the planning system.

Existing permitted development rights allow the installation of an upstand, no greater than 1.6 metres in height, for recharging electric vehicles in a space located in an area legally used for off-street parking.

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