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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is issued to local planning authorities on the processing of microgeneration applications; and if she will make a statement. (93877)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: Some microgeneration equipment will be ‘permitted development' and will not require an application for planning permission. The Government are looking to extend the scope of what is permitted development to enable more householders to install such technologies without the need for a planning application. We will consult in the next few months on our proposals.

Where a planning application is required it should be assessed against the policies set out in the local planning authority's development plan. National planning policy on renewable energy, set out in Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22), expects these plans to promote and encourage renewable energy and can be a companion guide that provides practical advice for considering proposals for renewable energy, including for microgeneration.