ALL new buildings with parking spaces in East Renfrewshire will need to provide charging points for electric vehicles under plans unveiled by the Scottish Government.

Developers will have to ensure residential buildings with at least one parking space also provide a charging point for electric vehicles (EVs), while non-residential buildings should install one charging point for every 10 parking spaces.

Each of the charging points will be required to have at least a 7kW output rating.

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said legislation will be introduced to enforce the changes.

She added: “This step will help future-proof buildings as we transition to a net-zero transport system.

“It supports our ambition of phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 as part of our response to the global climate emergency.

“We’ve already seen private developers delivering EV charge points as part of new-builds. They recognise that charge points are an attractive feature to have and offer convenience as part of a wider charging mix.

“These changes will provide a minimum standard that developers will need to consider going forward.

“We also know that many households will not have access to dedicated parking spaces and that’s why, earlier this year, we announced our £60million EV Infrastructure Fund to ensure that all households can be confident that EV charging will be local, accessible and that they, too, can switch to zero emission.”