Like many building improvements you will need to obtain planning approval. Talk to your neighbours and local authority about the project early on, and work with your installer to ensure you get the application right.
Before making an application for planning permission you should discuss your plans your neighbours and other third parties who may have an interest in your plans in order to address any concerns that they have. It is also advisable to contact your local planning authority before submitting a planning application to discuss the information they will require with the planning application on the following planning issues:
• visual impact
• impact on local heritage (listed buildings and archaeology)
• ecology (particularly bats)
Although it might be possible to do this by telephone, it is often better to do this at an informal meeting with a planning officer. This is known as pre-planning advice and it is something that some LPAs charge for, so check beforehand whether or not there will be a charge.
To support the development of the microgeneration industry and to drive the quality and reliability of installations a Microgeneration Certification Scheme has been developed in partnership with the industry and other organisations representing consumer interests.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme includes clear standards to support the installation of wind turbines and air source heat pumps. The main purpose of the scheme is to build consumer confidence in microgeneration technologies and to help move the industry to a sustainable position.
It includes certification for products and installer companies, and a code of practice based on The Office of Fair Trading Consumer Code. Permitted development rights for wind turbines and air source heat pumps will only be accorded for equipment installed by an installer who has been certificated through the scheme using a certificated product. The installer is therefore responsible for ensuring that the installation meets permitted development noise standards at the time of installation. For further details, see the microgeneration certification scheme’s website at: http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/