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New planning rules make micro-generation in Wales easier

New planning rules that will make it easier for people to install micro-generation equipment such as solar panels in their homes are to be introduced in Wales.

The aim of the latest planning changes is to remove certain types of micro-generation equipment from requiring planning permission, making it easier for individuals and local communities install equipment that will contribute to tackling climate change and lower energy bills. There will be no requirement to pay planning fees, reducing the financial burden to homeowners      

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  in  particular  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.  

“Households  not  only  have  an  opportunity  to  minimise  their  carbon  footprint  and  that  of  Wales,  but  also  to  reduce  fuel  bills  and  fuel  poverty. These changes will enable householders to install certain types of domestic micro-generation equipment, including solar thermal panels, ground and water source heat pumps and flues associated with biomass and combined heat and power systems on, or within the boundary of houses and flats, subject to certain criteria.

“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.”

These changes will come into effect from the beginning of September this year.

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