Government inspectors let developers off the sustainability hook

April 13, 2006 12:00 PM

Government inspectors have watered down sustainable energy regulations to allow developers to plead poverty.

Lib Dems in Cambridge have expressed their disgust at the recently released inspector's report on the Cambridge Local Plan. John Prescott's inspector has altered the Council's proposed policy on sustainable energy to allow developers to plead poverty as a reason for lower standards on combating climate change.

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Energy, commented:

"This is appalling. We all need to be working harder to combat climate change and to make our buildings more energy efficient. This ruling is just letting developers off the hook.

"The government's own planning policies supposedly encourage local sustainable energy but, as usual, their actions speak louder than their words."

Coun Ian Nimmo-Smith, Lib Dem Leader of Cambridge City Council added:

"We're shocked that the inspectors are trying to let developers get away with lower standards. Combating climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our country. I will be writing to John Prescott to ask him to overrule his inspector as a matter of urgency."

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