Category: Build environment

  • Site options for the Teignbridge local plan to be consulted on

    A meeting of the council executive on 1st June passed a motion to run a public consultation on site options for the local plan from 14th June to 9th August. Executive Committee meeting You can watch the proceedings of the executive committee here , this gives access to a recording of the whole meeting, the…

  • Fast Access tool for planning applications

    We have written a tool which enables you to see details of all active planning applications on a single interactive page. This enables applications to be filtered by date range, parish, ward or Wildlife Warden area, type, decision level. Text search on address, proposal and document description and title is also provided. A summary of…

  • Wood burning stoves and air pollution

    Wood burning stoves and air pollution

    Wood burning stoves are in the news. They make a significant contribution to air pollution according to a recent government report. Wood burners and open fires together account for more than one-third (38%) of the tiny particles known as PM2.5 that are among the most damaging types of emissions for human health. That is more…

  • Heat pump pros and cons

    I remember as a student putting a shilling (2.5p) in the meter to run one bar of an electric fire for an hour to heat my single room. The heat was soon lost again due to poor insulation.  I now live in a large house heated to a steady 21C by an air source heat…

  • My Carbon Footprint

    My Carbon Footprint

    I was brought up to turn the lights off when I left a room, to save both money and energy. I remember the three day week of the 1970s and the power cuts when energy was rationed. That early training may help me now as I start the work of making my home more energy…

  • New Government Proposals impose 1532 houses a year on Teignbridge

    New Government Proposals impose 1532 houses a year on Teignbridge

    The government is conducting a consultation entitled “Changes to The Current Planning System”, which include proposed changes to the formula for calculation of housing numbers. When applied to 2020 this formula requires 1532 houses a year, whereas the previous formula required 760 houses. Summary of our concerns The absence of parallel policies to limit the…

  • Are you interested in retrofit?

    Are you interested in retrofit?

    In 2019 nearly 70% of Teignbridge’s existing housing stock had an EPC rating D and below.  Despite the significant increase in new build, this % has changed little in the past 10 years and, in the last 2 years, has actually increased. Green-House Gas (GHG) emissions from heating our buildings are significant with Teignbridge’s domestic…

  • Why carbon intensity apps are greenwash

    Why carbon intensity apps are greenwash

    There is an app for almost everything. One that recently drew my attention is a carbon intensity app, which at first sight looks really helpful in alerting you to when you can put washing on or charge up batteries while the electricity grid in your area has low carbon emissions. Renewable energy is not yet…

  • Local Plan consultation extended

    Local Plan consultation extended

    Teignbridge District Council has extended the consultation period on its Local Plan, moving the closing date from 15th June to 13th July. The change has been made to give people more time to comment, given that face to face meetings are not currently possible. ACT encourages everyone to submit a response. Feel free to use…