Decision details

Scaling on street charging Infrastructure (SOSCI)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Research project following sucessful partnership application to Innovate UK to install Electric Vehicle charging points at a small number of locations in South lakeland aimed at providing this facility to residential properties with no off street parking available.




The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder thanked officers involved and presented a report relating to South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) being part of a successful partnership funding award by Innovate UK which had secured £3.4m for Scaling On Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI).  This was one of twelve projects that would share £37m funding to revolutionise the experience of owning an electric vehicle in the UK.  SLDC was one of twelve partner organisations which included a mix of public bodies, charities, and private business.  Cybermoor Services Ltd had applied for and received the funding under the Innovate UK Programme “Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: real world demonstrators.”  Innovate UK was part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK Government.  The Council was being requested to enter into a collaboration agreement with Cybermoor Services Ltd who had been selected as the Lead Partner and the other project partners.


The report indicated that this was primarily a research project which would take place over an 18-month period and target the domestic residential EV charging market, those households located typically in urban and suburban areas with no off street parking.  A second market identified had been local authorities where officers were often approached by households on terraced streets to install charging solutions but were restricted in their ability to do this through lack of resource.  The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder provided details in relation to the project which built on earlier feasibility studies and which offered a new way for Local Authorities to stimulate growth of charge points, improve air quality and make the most of their limited resources.


In presenting the report, the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder explained that it was clear from climate conversations held over the summer that there was a growing interest in electric vehicles.  She pointed out that, subject to approval, the Council would be the first rural local authority to join this fully-funded project.


Discussion took place around whether this was a research project and the split between research and operational costs which were answered.


Discussion took place during which the need to take rural needs into consideration was raised.  In response to a query, the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder reiterated the fact that the scheme, which covered both research and implementation, was fully-funded.  The Principal Specialist (Health & Environment) read out the proposed research questions in order to provide Members with a broader understanding of the project.  It was raised that the project would be of benefit in the move towards carbon neutrality in South Lakeland.


In response to a query on local engagement regarding this, as well as other issues such as Climate Change and the need for a specific Council officer to turn to, Members were informed that the community, businesses and councillors in all tiers would be involved in establishing where demand was.  Community engagement in relation to the on street charging project would be facilitated by the project research lead.  The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder added that the Council was currently looking at resources around the issue of Climate Change.  He further drew attention to the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder’s remit and her eagerness to work closely with parishes and towns.  She added that this research was both innovative and collaborative and that she wanted it to be community-led and that people would be encouraged to take part.


Concern was raised with regard to the enormity of and complexity around the issues of electric vehicles and charging.  The Principal Specialist (Health & Environment) stressed that this project would assist in identifying need in order to inform future planning depending on the locations identified through the next stages.






(1)        approval be given for the Council’s future involvement in this project;


(2)        the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Climate Emergency and Locality Portfolio Holder, the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder and the Legal Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist, be delegated authority to negotiate and sign the Collaboration Agreement with Cybermoor Ltd and the project partners and accept the grant conditions;


(3)        an appraisal of Council owned sites be undertaken which will identify their suitability for this project, to be commissioned by the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services; and


(4)        the successful grant funds be allocated to the project being the amount of £187,640.00 to be used in the implementation of the project and drawn down from Innovate UK via the accountable body, Cybermoor Service Ltd.


Reasons for Decision


To assist in the delivery of the following Council Plan priorities:-


Climate Emergency


           Develop plans and support projects with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and the impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities.


           Encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action.


Public Health Strategy


Tackling Climate change by exploring options associated with EV charging points for households with no facility to charge their vehicles and by encouraging behaviour change to promote the uptake of electric vehicles.


Air Quality


Promoting the uptake of Electric vehicles to reduce pollution emissions from combustion engines.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The Council does not participate further in this project.  This may result in a missed opportunity to both research the demand and installation of charge points locally, and also to actually install some EV charge points at a small number of locations within the district.

Report author: Sean Hall

Publication date: 01/11/2019

Date of decision: 30/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/10/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 11/11/2019

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