Getting Planning Permission
Installing certain renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels has now been made a lot simpler thanks to Permitted development rights introduced on 6th April 2008 in England and 12th March 2009 in Scotland.
Permitted Development Rights
In England and Scotland, changes to permitted development rights for renewable technologies introduced on 6th April 2008 and 12th March 2009 respectively, have lifted the requirements for planning permission for most domestic micro generation technologies.
The General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), or the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Domestic Micro generation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 grants rights to carry out certain limited forms of development on the home, without the need to apply for planning permission. The scope of the GPDO in England and the TCP (GPD) in Scotland now extends to the following technologies:
Solar PV (Roof Mounted):
Panels protrude more than 200mm when installed.