Domestic microgeneration

While flues for biomass heating systems or combined heat and power systems might not need planning permission, care should still be taken over their location; they should be sited as far as possible from your neighbours' windows, for example, to avoid the possibility of smoke affecting their amenity.

Air source heat pumps and micro wind turbines can create noise which can affect your neighbours. To ensure that there will be no problems early contact with our Environmental Health service, who control noise and smoke pollution, is recommended.

Free standing solar panels are defined as solar photo-voltaics or solar thermal equipment which is not installed on a building, but which is sited on the ground, within your garden.
The installation, alteration or replacement of a ground source heat pump within the curtilage of a dwelling house or building containing a flat does not need planning permission.
The installation, alteration or replacement of a water source heat pump within the curtilage of a dwelling house or building containing a flat does not need planning permission.
You do not need planning permission for installing a wood burning stove, but you might need it for the flue.
A flue which forms part of a combined heat and power (CHP) system might not need planning permission
The installation, alteration or replacement of an air source heat pump within the curtilage of a dwelling.
The installation, alteration or replacement of a free standing wind turbine within the curtilage of a dwelling.