Planning Obligation Agreements to require provision of shared electric cars and bikes

It is now standard practice in the UK to require property developers to make provision for shared transport vehicles through S106s, The UK's equivalnt of our Planning Obligation Agreements. Jersey should follow the UK and Planning should make it standard practice to enshrine the a three way obligation between the States, the developer and the car/bike club operator.

Why the contribution is important

There are 7,000 new residential units being built in the next 10 years to accommodate expected population increase. Under current Planning guidelines, new developments are typically required to make proviion for cars on a 1:1 or 1:0.7 basis. By implication, the States is encouraging 7,000 additional cars onto Jersey's roads. There are already 90,000 registered vehices for a population of ~ 106,000. Madness that can be ameliorated.

Introducing mandated electric vehicle share clubs has the benefit of:

1) Reducing the number of additional cars on our roads. Zero Co2 emissions.

2) Saving developers the ~£45,000 dig out cost of each car park space. Reducing a 50 car development to 25 saves the developer £1,125,000. And developers could use the space saved to build additional units.

3) Saves road users substantial sums of money by using shared transport compared with the total cost of ownership of their own vehicle. For a car (purchased at say £15,000), the costs of ownership over 5 yrs, (including residual value sell off of say £3,000), is about £50,000 when fuel, parking, insurance and maintainance is taken into account. Cars are known to be used for, on average, 1hr/day making this the equivalent of £57/ driven hour in the year of car purchace and £22 over 5 yrs for the privilage.

Shared vehicle clubs are a win for everyone: fewer cars on island; zero emmissions; developer saves money; residents save money.

by EVie on February 18, 2021 at 01:41PM

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