SH Newsletter January 2021 WEB - Flipbook - Page 14
UK’s Transition to Electric Vehicles Provides Development Opportunities for Land Holders
Building on the commitment in the 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to end the sale of new
petrol and diesel cars by 2030, December 2020 saw the publication of the Government’s Energy White
Paper. The Paper clearly establishes the Government’s support for the rollout of high powered charge
points and associated grid infrastructure along the strategic road network, to support drivers to make the
switch to electric vehicles. This will be key to reducing consumer anxiety about long-distance journeys – one
of the main factors holding back wider public uptake of EV technology.
Whilst many smaller charge points are likely to be covered under permitted development rights, 2020 saw the
first of potentially numerous applications for new EV charging service stations.
In December an appeal was allowed in the Cotswolds AONB for the redevelopment of an existing scrap yard
and haulage depot on a site adjacent to the A429, to create an electric car charging service station with
associated works providing over 100 charging points. The Planning Inspector found that the proposal was
consistent with and supported by Government policy in respect of the transition to zero emissions transport.
Meanwhile in November, Gridserve opened the first electric forecourt in the UK at Braintree in Essex. While
vehicles charge, drivers can relax and shop in facilities that include a comprehensive retail space hosting
partners such as WHSmith, Costa Coffee, Booths, Post Office, and Gourmade.
The need for a national rollout of similar EV service stations is evident if the UK’s transition to electric vehicles
is to be realised and landowners with land adjacent to the strategic road network are encouraged to
consider whether their sites might be suitable to host such facilities. Stephenson Halliday is aware of certain
developers who are interested in developing sites with the additional potential for associated renewable
energy deployment (solar, wind or storage).
Previously developed land is likely to be looked upon most favourably for new EV charging stations but
location, access and need are likely to be the primary factors which dictate the suitability of any particular
site. Depending on the scale and location of the development, other environmental factors may also be a
If you have land that may be suitable for the development of an EV charging station then Stephenson Halliday
• Complete feasibility studies to inform you of the planning policy context for development on
• Introduce you to organisations we work with who are seeking development options on sites;
• Complete necessary supporting environmental studies and complete planning applications
that are needed and support through the consent process.
To discuss an opportunity speak to your existing SH contact or send an email to