Renewable Energy Generators
Communities and Local Government
David Drew (Stroud, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what additional scope she plans to give to individual households under the planning system to install renewable energy generators in houses.
Angela Smith (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government; Basildon, Labour)
Works carried out inside a house do not generally require planning permission. Whether external work would be permitted without a planning consent would depend on the type of microgeneration technology proposed and the particular circumstances of the case. The Government have announced a review of this area in response to concerns that the current legislation as to what is allowed without planning permission is both too restrictive and too vague. We want far more microgeneration to be classified as permitted development and we plan to consult on the detail of the proposals for change later this year.