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Housing: Planning Permission

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons additional restrictions on extended permitted development rights for households (a) apply in conservation areas and (b) do not apply in (i) areas of outstanding natural beauty and (ii) national parks. (202591)

Additional restrictions on householder permitted development rights generally apply equally to conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks.

On 6 April 2008 the Government introduced changes that allow for certain types of small-scale renewable energy to be installed by householders without the need to apply for planning permission. On balance, and given the desire to encourage the take-up of microgeneration, it was decided that a more restrictive approach should apply to conservation areas, but not to national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We believe that development of the scale permitted will not have an adverse impact on national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty which are protected because of the beauty of the natural landscape.