Grant Shapps, the Housing Minister, has detailed proposals to give councils and developers more flexibility in deciding how they meet eco-standards. The proposals indicate an intention to establish a community energy fund as proposed by the UK Green Building Council. The plans would allow developers to make payments to local authorities in order to support local energy schemes, for example, heating schemes or community wind farms.

Mr Shapps said that the proposals would offer a simpler way for developers to meet their obligations as opposed to putting in place expensive on-site measures or setting up their own off-site schemes.  

Mr Shapps said: “This is about meeting tough environmental standards, but not dictating how every venture be built. Councils and developers together are in the best position to decide how best to meet these standards, so we’re giving them the flexibility and a range of options to do this.”