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East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy: CHP and renewables top priorities

The latest version of the East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) was published yesterday, focussing on low carbon energy generation through the use of renewable electricity and combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

The RSS says that local authorities in the East Midlands, through the planning process, should promote the development of CHP and district heating infrastructure to meet the regional targets of 1120MW of CHP generating capacity by 2020.

It also sets out as minimum interim 10% renewable energy target on new development sites in the region until councils are able to bring forward their own targets.

The RSS covers housing and property developments in the East Midlands for the next 17 years, with the aim of delivering 430,300 new homes in the region between 2006 and 2026.

The Plan focuses growth in the three cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, where almost half of the region’s population live, and Northampton and Lincoln.

The East Midlands will benefit from growth in most parts of the region, particularly in areas supported by over £100M from the region’s Growth Fund over the next two years. Areas identified for growth have also applied to the Government’s £200M Community Infrastructure Fund to support transport related proposals.

“The East Midlands needs a long term strategy that strengthens the region’s economy, addresses housing shortages and tackles the threat of climate change,” said Communities minister Sadiq Khan.

“The population is growing rapidly with more people living alone and the gap between average houses prices and average wages is widening. If more homes are not built the housing ladder will grow even further out of reach leaving the next generation with nowhere to live.

“The East Midlands Plan sets out a vision for reducing the social and economic disparities in the region and delivering a higher quality of life for all.”

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