From 1 December 2011, new rules will come in to force which will see changes made to planning permission requirements if you’re planning to install an air source heat pump.
Unlike ground source heat pumps, the installation of air source heat pumps has usually been subject to planning permission.
However from next month new rules will come in to play which will mean planning permission will no longer be an issue.
Air source heat pumps will now join the ranks of the likes of solar PV, solar thermal and biomass boilers, and from December will be classed as a permitted development in England.
However, there are a few stipulations and the following criteria must be met:
- That there is no wind turbine at the property.
- It meets additional criteria if you live in a listed building, in a conservation area or a World Heritage Site.
- The external unit is less than 0.6 m3 in size.
- The unit is more than one metre from the edge of the householder’s property.
- It is not on a pitched roof or near the edge of a flat roof.