New technology revolution could affect future council decisions

Future developments in Solihull could be required to pay closer attention to electric vehicles under plans being considered by the borough council.

Next week, councillors will discuss the strategy being drawn up to ensure that the area is prepared for an expected revolution in new technology over the next few years.

The document said: “Whilst the number of charging points identified in the West Midlands and in Solihull itself is relatively low, the take up of EVs (electric vehicles) … is increasing and has been higher in the West Midlands than nationally.”

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The proposals being put together could mean changes to the requirements that developers will have to consider when submitting planning applications to the local authority, with issues such as access to charging facilities needing to be taken into account.

More electric vehicles could also be introduced to the council’s own fleet and those used by contractors such as Amey – the company responsible for bin collections and street cleaning.

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Other proposals laid out in the report include having conversations with local taxi firms to encourage a shift to the new technology and looking at ways to improve public awareness of electric vehicles. Rresearch suggests that only three per cent of the population has driven one previously.

The strategy will be discussed by members of the economic development and managed growth scrutiny board next Wednesday (June 20).

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