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Landmark for microgeneration: legislation to slash red tape
The microgeneration industry today welcomed new Government legislation which will slash planning red tape to make it easier for people to install microgeneration technology. From 6 April 2008 microgeneration technologies will become permitted development which means householders will be able to take up microgeneration, within sensible limits, without having to apply for planning permission.
Dave Sowden, Chief Executive of the Micropower Council said: “Today is a landmark in removing red tape for the microgeneration sector. From 6 April, most householders in England will be able to install microgeneration technologies without the constraints that have so far acted as a significant brake on the industry’s growth. The industry fully supports this important move by the Government, and welcomes its clear and unambiguous promise to Parliament to extending similar freedom to micro-wind and air source heat pumps as soon as a minor, routine, legal hurdle has been cleared”.
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Originally from www.micropower.co.uk
Also from The Solar Trade Association - Solar Thermal Collectors become Permitted Development on 6th April
(that is, no planning permission is required if the property is not a listed building or is not in a conservation area).
The STA Secretariat would like to thank all the membership who responded to our call for information on "above roof" collector height. The STA and Micropower Council took forward the response to this membership consultation to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Dept, and as a result, CLG has accepted 200 mm rather than 150 mm as the above roof height. This means that the vast majority of solar systems sold and installed by STA members will now qualify, as from 6th April 2008, for permitted development with no extra planning permission required. This is a very significant lobbying success. If CLG had accepted only 150 mm, only about 50% of solar collectors would have been included as permitted development. We therefore want to thank you all - very sincerely. It really demonstrates how team work can pay off.