Permitted Development Rights (PDR).

09 November 2013

Having lobbied for non-residential property owners to be able to install micro-generation renewable energy schemes without planning permission, CLA Wales cautiously welcomes the [PDR] announcement but believes that it does not go far enough. The document, "Generating Your Own Energy," provides advice for potential generators explaining exactly what falls under the 'Permitted Development Rights' category for non-domestic properties in Wales, but it is still too restrictive.

Policy Director for Wales Sue Evans comments, "Although a welcome step which will act as a catalyst in getting a lot more renewable energy projects off the ground, we have to question why planning ever needed to get involved in any small-scale installation that has no visual impact whatsoever. Ground source heat pumps should always have been under the PDR banner.

She continued: "With some members having to abandon installations of their projects because of the need to get planning this announcement will at least allow them to now proceed,

"We are also extremely disappointed that both small-scale wind and hydro are not mentioned under the PDR banner which we will now lobby for strongly,

"If Wales is to achieve its target of reducing emissions by 3% per year we have to pull out all the stops to help farmers and landowners grasp the renewable energy challenge which they are so keen to embrace. We are lagging behind England and Scotland on this so although we are delighted to see this document out in the public domain at last we would question why it is so restrictive."

From 5 October, businesses and community groups will be able to install solar PV panels producing up to 50kW's electricity and heat generating technologies such as solar thermal panels up to 45kW's without the need for planning permission.

Please note that there are areas where permitted development rights will still not apply with these changes. These include:

  • In a Conservation Area
  • World Heritage Site
  • A Listed Building
  • Subject to an Article 4 Direction

A quick guide to what falls within Permitted Development Rights for non-domestic properties

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) < 50kW
  • Solar Thermal < 45kW
  • Heat Pumps < 45kW (Ground and Water)
  • CHP < 45kW (flues only)
  • Biomass heating <45kW (flues only)