Properties that currently feel the brunt of a cold snap may have an effective solution available to them that now avoids the minefield of applying for formal planning permission, and also forms an essential part of the governments current Green Deal initiative.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently clarified that the installation of external solid wall insulation constitutes an ‘improvement’ to a house rather than an ‘enlargement’ or ‘extension’. This means that, in many cases, the installation can be carried out as ‘Permitted Development’ and a formal planning application may not be required.
Planning consultant and Director of Summit Planning Associates, Amanda Olley, has had experience with this issue and was on hand to give her expert view.
She commented: “The idea behind the Green Deal initiative is a simple one. Install green energy saving technologies in your property with no up front cost. Pay the cost back over a period of time through your energy bill. A simple initiative such as this with the ability to provide efficient, low cost results, does not then need to be bogged down by the red tape of a planning system that could quickly dry up the cost savings passed on by the technology.
Prior to the announcement, which at this stage applies only across England, we had been having debates with Local Authorities who were applying too narrow an interpretation of the Permitted Development schedule and were requiring the submission of planning applications.
In times where planning application numbers are at a low, it is these grey areas that provide Local Planning Authorities with the means to artificially bolster their workloads. This welcomed clarification from DCLG will stop that from happening and provide greater certainty to installers of Green Deal technologies.”
Amanda Olley has been a Chartered Town Planner for 12 years and is an expert in her field. For more information, contact Summit Planning Associates via Tel: 01625 801800 or E-Mail: email@example.com