Welsh planning rules for domestic renewable energy installations have been changed to make it easier for homeowners to generate their own heat and electricity.
Following Scotland’s lead, the Welsh Assembly has announced new regulations which mean that some microgeneration technologies will no longer need planning permission from the beginning of September this year.
Environment, sustainability & housing minister Jane Davidson said: “Micro -generation has a major role to play in decarbonising energy supply and helping tackle climate change. Wales has a large share of off gas-grid, hard to heat and hard to treat homes. In these cases, micro-generation can be the most effective method of removing people from fuel poverty and providing energy security.
The technologies covered by the new rules will include solar thermal panels, ground and water source heat pumps, flues associated with biomass and combined heat power systems on, or within, the boundary of houses and flats (although, of course, they will still be subject to "certain criteria").
On a competitive note, Jane Davidson added: "I am particularly pleased that we have gone further than the authorities in England by allowing stand alone solar panels up to the boundaries of properties, providing they satisfy certain height and highway criteria."
We’ll bring you the detail of the new rules as soon as they are announced.
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