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18 Nov 2009 11:11:08

MP to help property owners fight climate change



MP to help property owners fight climate change
Housing and planning minister John Healey has unveiled plans to reform the planning system in order to help the public tackle climate change.

Mr Healy is proposing a complete overhaul of current legislation to enable developers and homeowners to install energy efficiency measures without the cost and red tape of planning permission.

If Mr Healy's ideas are given the green light, people will be permitted to install facilities such as their own on-site wind turbines and air source heat pumps without having to wait for the government's consent.

"The people who want to greenproof their homes should get a helping hand, not a stop sign. Our planning rules need to catch up with changing technologies and allow people to take the small measures that make big differences," said Mr Healy.

"As a country, nearly half of our carbon emissions come from buildings … To stand a chance of tackling climate change, we need nothing less than a national crusade with everyone able to play their part to offset carbon emissions."

In addition to helping the environment, property owners would also be able to save up to hundred of pounds on energy bills, the minister added.

Parliament will now commence a three month consultation on the proposals.

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20 Nov 2009

This is a helpful step. However, the 'permitted development' rules did not help us when we wanted to install a solar thermal collector. Because our house is just inside a Conservation Area, the local council required us to apply for full planning permission which cost weeks of time and £150 fee. It would make sense to introduce a 'fast track' procedure for such cases: a quick check that such a solar collector would not blight architecturally sensitive buildings or similar, then rapid go-ahead and minimal fee.


24 Nov 2009

For everyone's information, Genvex Air-Source Heat Pumps do not require planning permission as they are not located outside. They are integral to the heat recovery ventilation appliance. They still get a decent co-efficient of performance (kW in to kW out) of up to 6.




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