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Planning and Energy Act 2008

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2007-08

Last updated: 25 February 2009 at 13:46

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Long title

A Bill to enable local planning authorities to set requirements for energy generation and energy efficiency in local plans


The Bill would allow local councils to set targets in their areas for on-site renewable energy, on-site low carbon electricity and energy efficiency standards in addition to national requirements. The Bill would cover England and Wales.

Key areas

  • It would also require developers to source at least 10 per cent of any new building’s energy from renewable sources, implementing nationwide the so-called ‘Merton Rule’, named after the sustainable planning policy first adopted by the London Borough of Merton
  • The Government has implemented policies in this area, notably the Planning Policy Statement on Climate Change, issued by the Government on 17 December 2007 after public consultation. Some councils, such as Merton and Woking, have already adopted environmentally friendly strategies but the picture across councils in England and Wales is mixed.


Mr Michael Fallon
Lord Hanningfield
Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Planning and Energy Act 2008. c.21. HTML version
14 November 2008

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
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