GN08-18 Non Domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations

This note provide landlords of non-domestic buildings with guidance on the non-domestic Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.  The MEES will require landlords to take action to ensure that their buildings achieve Energy Peformance Certificate (EPC) level E before they can be legally let to new tenants after 1 April 2018 or provide evidence of exemption.  Buildings which do not comply cannot be legally let and non compliance could result in enforcement action against the landlord including financial penalties.  The regulations apply in both England and Wales.

Conservation Principles for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment

Historic  England consulted on a revised draft version of its 2008 Conservation Principles.  The CLA response sees the draft as a significant improvement, but suggests some further changes to embed the core principle that sympathetic adaptation usually will be essential to keep heritage relevant, valued, viable, and in use.

Briefing Note: Planning Reforms Update

This paper provides an update on Planning reforms (both policy and regulation) in Wales and England.  The paper provides a short summary of the Law Commission's work on Planning law in Wales, and the Welsh Government's announcement about forthcoming consultations on strategic development plans.

In England, the paper covers forthcoming national planning policy changes and regulatory reforms emanating from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  It also summarises other policy areas which are likely to have an effect on planning policy i.e. Industrial Strategy (BEIS), National Infrastructure Assessment (National Infrastructure Commission) and the 25-year Environment Plan (DEFRA).

GN30-17 Grid Scale Battery Storage

Technological advancement, falling costs and the increasing use of distributed generation within the UK's electricity supply means that, whilst the battery storage sector is still in its infancy, it is a hot topic in UK energy market.

This guidance note provides CLA members with an introduction to large scale battery technology exploring their role in the electricity supply and the potential opportunity as well as highlighting some aspects to consider from a landowner perspective.

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