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Green heating and faster planning policies announced

A raft of housing policies, including a ban on fossil fuel heating systems and a speedier planning system, have been announced by the government.

Under plans dubbed a “green housing revolution”, all new-build homes should run on green heating systems from 2025 .

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick (pictured) announced the green housing standards, which would see systems such as gas boilers replaced with clean technology like air-source heat pumps and solar panels.

The policy forms part of a government consultation on The Future Homes Standard, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in new-builds by almost a third from 2020 onwards.

The government has also published a National Design Guide, which includes 10 characteristics that should be considered when designing developments.

These include managing and maintaining the lifespan of the building and using the appropriate building types.

The document also asked councils to implement their own design codes in line with the national standard.

Mr Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone, including developers, do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support.”

Ministers are also consulting on an overhaul of the planning system to create a simpler, fairer system that ensures homes are built quickly and more efficiently.

The government has also confirmed proposals to speed up the planning system, including the potential for fees to be refunded if councils take too long to decide on specific planning applications.

This follows the government calling for councils to publish how they use developers’ cash through the community infrastructure levy.

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