England abolishes planning permission for certain domestic air-source heat pump installations

Dec. 19, 2011 – As of 1 December 2011, planning permission is no longer required for the installation, alteration or replacement of certified air-source heat pumps by certified installers on domestic premises in England, provided that they meet certain specifications with regards to siting, the volume of the outdoor compressor unit and noise levels.

The changes have been introduced with the 2011 Town and Country Planning Amendment Order (Statutory instrument 2011 No. 2056) that lays down the type of technologies and the conditions under which these may be classified as a “permitted development” in England that does not require planning permission by the local planning authority.

The installation, alteration or replacement of a ground- or water-source heat pump within the curtilage of a dwelling house or a block of flats without planning permission had already previously been established in England. 

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Source: R744.com

Contract No.: IEE/08/776/SI2.529222