2018 Budget: What it means for ECV Infrastructure

5 Nov 2018
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The 2018 Budget has seen the introduction of new and extended Permitted Development (PD) Rights across the industry as the Government attempt to further reduce development red tape.

Electrical Charging Vehicle (ECV) infrastructure is one of the areas set to benefit, thanks to an increase in permitted development height from 1.6 metres to 2.3 metres. This demonstrates the Government's continued support for low carbon transport, and specifically the evolution of the electric vehicle market. It will also support the delivery of a range of benefits including rapid charging and market growth, as well as wider vehicle to grid benefits.

Connecting ECV infrastructure – How TNEI support our clients

TNEI has been working closely with our clients to develop ECV infrastructure over the last few years. TNEI's specialist Developer Support team has provided site-finding services to our clients, identifying sites across the UK.

We start by identifying substations with sufficient grid capacity for ECV infrastructure to connect into the grid network. Our consultants then conduct a rigorous exercise to identify sites suitable for the development of ECV infrastructure, taking into account environmental impact and any land use planning restrictions.

At this stage, it is important to note that, although the PD rights have been extended, not all areas are exempt from requiring planning permission. These restrictions include curtilages of historical assets or within 2 metres of a public highway.

Nonetheless, the focus on ECV in this year's Budget marks a notable step forward. We are hopeful that this extension of PD rights will enable the further growth of this important sector to support the UK's journey towards a low carbon economy.

If you would like any further information about how TNEI can support developers or suppliers in the delivery of ECV infrastructure, please contact Jason McGray or Liz Russell.

Key contact

Jason McGray

Principal Consultant

Jason heads up TNEI's environmental and consenting team. He is a Chartered Environmentalist, full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Registered EIA Practitioner. Jason has extensive experience of co-ordinating, preparing and reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments and in gaining planning consent for a range of energy related projects. In addition, Jason has undertaken environmental due diligence and provided specialist input into strategic and regulatory projects working alongside TNEI's technical and engineering experts. He has supported complex projects for both private and public sector clients including Ofgem and the Crown Estate. Jason's wider experience includes detailed feasibility assessment, environmental permitting, socio-economic impact assessment, delivery of programmes of community engagement and financial modelling.