The Government’s Housing Standards Review proposed abolishing the Merton Rule by amending the hard fought for Planning and Energy Act.

However, after a tough fight and lots of lobbying the MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee and the Public Bill Committee decided against it.

This means that Local Planning Authorities can still require new building development to cut CO2 emissions by a set % (usually 10% – 20%) using onsite renewable/low-carbon energy.



Green Business article: Renewable energy industry celebrates as Merton Rule retained 

Solar Power Portal article: Merton Rule to Retained 

MPs decided not to protect the right of local councils to require energy efficiency measures over and above the Building Regs, saying that this was an issue for the Buildings Regs and the Code for Sustainable Homes.