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Green power move planned

New English planning regulations intended to boost domestic generation using green energy technologies just laid before Parliament have had a mixed reception.

The new permitted development rules remove the need for planning permission in most circumstances for small-scale wind turbines and air source heat pumps.

The permitted development changes also cover the installation of electrical vehicle charging points. Those rules come into force next month.

These allow for the installation of electrical outlets for recharging electric vehicles in off-street public and private car parks, and amendments to clarify that local authorities can install on-street charging points for electric vehicle as permitted development.

In addition, these changes to permitted development provide for deemed advertisement consent for installers of charging points and energy suppliers to display their nameplates on the charging points.

View Statutory Instrument 2011 2056 ‘The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2011’.

Roger Milne

15 September 2011