Planning and Energy Act 2008
This Act enables local planning authorities to include policies in their local plan that require a proportion of energy used in developments to be from renewable sources and from low carbon sources of district heating.
The Act also enabled local planning authorities to also require higher energy efficiency standards for developments. These power have been curtailed in relation to homes as a result of the Housing Standards Review. Local authorities can now require energy efficiency standards for homes only up to a Code level 4 until 2016 when all standards must be set at Part L of Building Regulations.
The powers relating to energy efficiency remain in relation to new non domestic buildings.