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Should the local planning authority (LPA) allow residents to trail their own electric charging cables from their properties across footways and highways to charge electric vehicles? What are the planning implications of this practice and how should the LPA deal with it?

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Published on LexisPSL on 23/06/2021

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  • Should the local planning authority (LPA) allow residents to trail their own electric charging cables from their properties across footways and highways to charge electric vehicles? What are the planning implications of this practice and how should the LPA deal with it?

Should the local planning authority (LPA) allow residents to trail their own electric charging cables from their properties across footways and highways to charge electric vehicles? What are the planning implications of this practice and how should the LPA deal with it?

With the ever-increasing use of electric vehicles (EVs), the charging infrastructure needed to support that use inevitably raises planning and related highways issues.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (GPDO), SI 2015/596, Sch 2, Pt 2, Class D states that planning permission is not required for the installation of a wall mounted electrical outlet for recharging of electric vehicles as long as the area is lawfully used for off-street parking. GPDO, SI 2015/596, Sch 2, Pt 2, Class E is an identical provision in respect of the installation of an upstand with an

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