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Microgeneration installations now ‘permitted developments’

Category: Essential information May 6th, 2008 by mbc

A piece of good news that is of great interest personally and I’m sure of interest to many people planning conversions and other projects, is that the installation of solar thermal & PV panels, combined-heat & power systems, biomass systems and water & ground source heat pumps will no longer require planning permission, so long as there is no negative impact on neighbours or the area. In future these developments will be included as permitted developments under the General Permitted Development Order.

Negative impact is assessed in part by the profile of any panels installed, roof mounted panels must not extend more than 200 millimetres from the roof and ground mounted panels must not be more than four metres above ground level or more than five metres from the boundary of the property. Additionally, equipment should be sited to ‘minimise its effect on the amenity of the area’ and ‘removed as soon as reasonably practicable‘ if no longer used. (Italicised quotes are from the Statutory Instrument, see below for more details).

Wind turbines and air source heat pumps are not included within the current legislation, but will follow.

This came into effect from April 6th 2008.

Good news for me as I’m currently waiting for a response from the local planners asking if I need permission for ‘in-roof’ panels. Having read through the Statutory Instrument I don’t.

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Solar power homes get the go-ahead for April

The actual legislation: Statutory Instrument

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  1. Energy generation - Wind Turbines | zero carbon house Says:

    […] many micro-generation methods are now permitted developments, planning permission is still required in the UK for wind turbines (although it is expected that […]

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