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MICRO RENEWABLE INSTALLATIONS

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MICRO RENEWABLE INSTALLATIONS

    MICRO RENEWABLE INSTALLATIONS

    A GUIDE TO THE NEED FOR PLANNING PERMISSION,

    LISTED BUILDING CONSENT,

    AND BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL

    ‘Micro Renewables’ is the term given to small scale renewable technologies such as solar or wind power, that are of a scale suitable for domestic properties.

    If Government targets are to be met, a greater diversity of renewable energy schemes will need to be developed. Bolsover District Council supports people’s attempts to provide for renewable energy schemes. However, in certain circumstances Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent, and Building Regulations approval will be required and this guide provides a quick reference to enable householders to make an informed decision.

Please note: Not all houses have the same “Permitted Development Rights” and you

    should therefore check with the Council before carrying out any work.

Wind Turbines

    Planning Permission

    ; If the installation is physically attached to the house, it would require planning

    permission if any part of it extends above the highest part of the roof (not including any

    chimney) or it projects closer to any highway than the house unless you have 20 metres

    clear between the installation and the highway.

    ; If the installation is free-standing in the garden, it will require planning permission unless

    no part of the installation is higher than 3 metres. However, if the turbine is sited

    between the house and any highway (including a public footpath) planning permission

    will be required, regardless of height, unless there is at least 20 metres clear between

    the installation and the highway.

    ; If you live in a Listed Building you will always need Listed Building Consent. This is in

    addition to any planning permission that may be required depending on the criteria set

    out above.

    ; If you live in a flat or maisonette you will usually need planning permission to install a

    wind turbine that is either physically attached to the building, or free-standing.

    In practice, this means most domestic wind turbines will require planning permission as, in order to achieve maximum efficiency, it is desirable to site the installation as high as possible.

Building Regulations

    ; Building Regulations approval is generally required for wind turbines. Depending on the

    size, additional loading on the structure to which the turbine is attached will need to be

    considered, along with any modifications made to the electrical system to allow operation

    of the unit.

Solar Hot Water Panels and Solar Photo-Voltaics (PV) installed on the roof of a house

    Planning Permission

    ; If you live in a conservation area you will need planning permission unless the

    installation is so small that it does not materially affect the appearance of the house. As

    a guide, if the installation is visible from public areas, is large in area or projects more

    than about 10cm above the roof slope, it is likely to affect the appearance of the house

    and will require planning permission.

    ; In other areas not covered by the above designations, planning permission will, as a

    general rule, be required if the installation is on the roof slope fronting any highway

    (including a public footpath), projects above the highest part of the roof (not including

    any chimney) or projects significantly above the existing roof slope.

    ; If you live in a listed building you will always need Listed Building Consent. This is a

    separate consent from planning permission and you may also require planning

    permission depending on the criteria outlined above.

    ; If you live in a flat, you will require planning permission for the installation if it materially

    affects the appearance of the building. Again, as a guide, this will relate to how visible it

    is from public areas, its size and projection from the roof slope.

Building Regulations

    ; A solar panel on a roof may require Building Regulation approval depending on the size

    and load that the unit will place on the existing roof. You will also need to show how the

    unit is connected into the existing heating/hot water system.

    ; A PV system on a roof may require Building Regulation approval depending on the area

    of the roof covered and how the power they provide is integrated into the existing

    electrical system.

    Solar Hot Water Panels and Solar Photo-Voltaics (PV) installed as a free-standing structure

    Planning Permission

    ; If the installation is free-standing in the garden, it will require planning permission unless

    no part of the installation is higher than 3 metres. However, if the structure is sited

    between the house and any highway (including a public footpath) planning permission will

    be required, regardless of height, unless there is at least 20 metres clear between the

    installation and the highway.

    ; If you live in a Listed Building or in a Conservation Area please contact Development

    Control for further advice.

Building Regulations

    ; Solar panels may require Building Regulation approval depending on how the units are

    connected into the existing heating / hot water system.

    ; Building Regulation approval would be required for work on the existing and new

    electrical system where PV units are installed. The Building Regulations would normally

    only apply to the electrical works.

    It is stressed that this note is a guide only and you are strongly advised to seek written confirmation from the Council as to whether your proposed installation requires planning permission. For this, please download a copy of our ‘Householder Enquiry’ form from our

    web site at http://www.bolsover.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=7355 or contact the Planning

    department for a form by telephoning 01246 242424. This form should be completed with the necessary information on the position and size of the installation and then returned to the Council for a written view as to whether planning permission is required.

    Please also see the Building Control area on the Bolsover District Council website at http://www.bolsover.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=6855 for more information on Building

    Regulations requirements , or contact the Building Control team on 01246 345814

    Grant aid may also be available towards the cost of domestic energy efficiency installations. For further information please contact Helen Dean on 01246 242424

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