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The Government has said the current Building Regulations consultation is a stepping-stone to a Future Homes Standard which will be consulted on fully in 2024. The technical detail of this consultation is currently being reviewed by my team and Government are still to establish the full details of the Future Homes Standard, but given we are facing a climate emergency, what is proposed so far does not go far enough.
We have been successfully delivering a zero carbon homes standard in London since 2016 and Government needs to show the same level of ambition. The proposal to remove powers from planning authorities to set their own energy efficiency standards for new homes would be a retrograde step and reverse the progress London has made in reducing carbon emissions - this must not happen. I will be making that clear to the Government.