There has been a lot of coverage on the Merton Rule this week, with zero champion over at sustainability blog covering events. here and here now, a further article in today’s Guardian attempts to clarify … or not.
Why is this important?
The so called Merton Rule wa introduced by Merton Borough and requires, as a planning requirement, that all new projects to obtain at least 10% of a building’s energy from sustainable sources such as solar or wind power. The rule is now used by 150 councils across the UK, many using the 10% figure others, like GLA attempting to push for 20%.
A recent and current campaign by the British Property Federation and Home Builders Federation to overturn this ruling led to leaks of a draft planning policy statement which local authorities said would undermine their ability to insist that developers use green technologies.
Meanwhile – an epetition has been started… We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Not allow the abolition of the Merton Rule. There are 51 signatories so far.