Why do you need to future proof your property developments?
Society is embracing the transition to electric vehicles which means that as a property or land developer you need to consider the inevitable need for electric vehicle charging points. By 2030, almost half of UK cars must be electric to meet the Government’s ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions underpinned by the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Undoubtedly, the increase in electric cars on the road has created a requirement for EV charge points at new developments.
As a property developer you are likely aware of having to comply with section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act. This Act permits Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to enter into a legally-binding agreement with property developers to restrict or regulate a development or use of land. Section 106 states that planning requirements now need to include “sustainable energy obligations”. This section has been introduced to ensure that a new development gathers a certain level of energy from renewable sources. EV charging provides you with a solution to the Section 106 obligation.
What are the decisions you need to make to meet Section 106 obligations?
The two principal questions to ask when planning to meet the Section 106 requirement with EV charging are:
- How many EV charge points are needed?
- What types of EV chargers should you use?
Let’s begin with the amount of EV chargers needed on your development. It is important to note that checking local policy will tell you whether or not there is a minimum amount of EV charging points required. For example, Thanet District Council’s Policy SP03 states that:
“Development proposals must be accompanied by a transport assessment and travel plan in accordance with Policy TP01 and provide for at least one electric vehicle charging point for every ten spaces provided”.
When you are aware of the local policy, a ratio of parking spaces to EV charging points can be calculated to best suit the development. As all property developments vary in size and purpose, it is worth considering factors such as:
Will there be residents and visitors?
- What are your options for providing communal parking bays in decent locations?
- How many potential car owners per property?
With all variables in mind, it may be unrealistic to have one electric vehicle charging point per resident as this may not be the best solution for your development (especially if it is large). In fact, in most cases, communal charging bays are the most cost-effective way to adhere to Section 106. A capacity for 1-3 bays is often ideal for the majority of developments depending on local policy.
When deciding what type of EV charger to use you should consider the charging speed each charger type offers. If you are offering communal charging, installing a 22kW power optimising charging point is the best way to provide EV charging for your development. As these are power optimising, it means that you have the freedom and flexibility to reduce the output power if necessary. This reduces the risk of power supply issues. With 22kW charge points most vehicles will be able to achieve an 80% charge within two hours. This reduces the time an electric vehicle has to be parked in that charging bay.
What should your first steps be in implementing EV charging?
Partnering with a reliable provider of EV charging solutions is the best way to easily and seamlessly install the necessary property development charging points. By finding an EV charging installation provider to take you through the step-by-step process of adding EV charging to your development, they will be able to advise and assist in the planning process to ensure you consider your current EV charging needs and help to future proof your development. Access to a provider with knowledge of the latest policies and EV charging technology will allow you to easily make the best decisions for long-term success of your development. When finding the best provider, these factors will be useful to consider:
- Can they be involved in the earliest stages such as: land preparation, EV enablement, or EV charge point provision?
- Can they cater to different types of developments?
- Can this provider ensure that EV charging is integrated seamlessly into the fabrics of the development?
- Can they advise on decisions regarding the latest requirements and policies?
What are the added benefits of adding EV Charging points to your developments?
As well as preparing your development for the future and meeting regulation, the main added benefit for developers to install EV charging points are the opportunities to generate revenue from your development.
For instance, it may be worth considering the installation of more charging points for tenants, buyers or employees than is required if you have a way to monetise and profit from the charging facilities.
If you’re wondering what would happen if the development is sold at a later date, any leasing or management arrangements would simply be passed onto the new landowner or management company.
If you are a developer, you need to be considering the installation of EV charge points to future proof your development, abide by local policy, and add extra value. Want to learn more about property developer charging? Click here.