Good News For Small Scale Renewables

5th April 2012

As of 6th April 2012 the Government will increase the potential for implementation of some small-scale renewable energy technology without a need for a planning application. The new permitted development rights allow for the installation of a number of renewable technologies on non-domestic properties subject to certain criteria.

This widening of permitted development rights for small-scale renewables has gone relatively unnoticed because of the extensive coverage within the press of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Jenny Waddell, Planning Consultant at George F. White said: “The changes to the permitted development regulations will make the process of installing smaller scale renewable energy technologies on non-domestic properties much simpler, removing the need for planning consent in many cases.

“However, it is still a bit of a minefield and we would encourage people or businesses hoping to install renewable energy technology to seek specialist advice for clarity. Our specialist renewable energy and planning teams cover the whole of the north east and are on hand to offer advice on any scale of scheme, whether large or small”.

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