Planning Rules Relaxed for External Wall Insulation

10 January 2013

Rules relating to External Wall Insulation have been relaxed by the Government in support of its new energy efficiency scheme.

Under new regulations set out to support the Green Deal, most householders will be permitted to add External Wall Insulation – a type of Solid Wall Insulation – to a property without applying for planning permission first. This practice had previously been prohibited due to its nature of changing the external appearance of a building.

The relaxing of the original regulations will also apply to commercial property owners looking to insulate the external walls of offices, warehouses, and other commercial buildings.

These changes will still be prohibited against buildings with a listed status or those that are located within a conservation area. Advance planning permission will still need to be sought in these instances.

This isn’t the first time the Government has eased permitted development rights (PDR) relating to energy efficiency.

In 2011, regulations were relaxed on the installation of Solar Energy systems, meaning householders could install Solar panels without seeking out planning permission. As with the recent move, such installations were still restricted on listed buildings and those within conservation areas.

To find out how Solid Wall Insulation can help you save money on your energy bills, contact EnergyLink today.

The move comes alongside the Government’s new initiative to make homes and commercial properties more energy efficient, and thus environmentally friendly. The Green Deal – the name given to this scheme – was officially launched on 28 January 2013.

The scheme allows householders to apply for a loan in order to complete home improvements designed to enhance the energy efficiency of a property. This includes External Wall Insulation, Flat Roof Insulation, and Loft Insulation amongst other measures.

The scheme was created by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and aims to prevent British residents from living in Fuel Poverty.

Householders and property owners taking out a Green Deal loan will repay the sum plus interest via their electricity bill.

A cashback scheme – which will pay out £125M – is available to those taking up the scheme. The cashback will initially pay £650 to those having at least 50% of their exterior walls insulated under the Government initiative.

If you need help understanding the Green Deal, or would like more information about External Wall Insulation or any other form of insulation, contact EnergyLink.

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