Attwood eases non-domestic solar installation rules

Further changes to Northern Ireland's permitted development rights to allow low carbon energy-generating equipment such as solar panels to be installed on non-residential buildings without a planning permission will come into effect at the end of this month, it has been announced.

Northern Ireland’s environment minister Alex Attwood today announced that schools, businesses and farm buildings would no longer need planning permission for solar panels and other microgeneration equipment with a generating power of up to 50kw.

The Department for Environment Northern Ireland said the changes to the Planning (General Development) Order (NI) 1993, which sets out what type of development can be undertaken without requiring a planning application, would come into operation on 30 April 2013.

The department added that the changes follow on from permitted development rights previously introduced for the installation of domestic solar panels on homes.

Attwood said: "The extension of these permitted development rights will complement my ongoing planning reforms and help promote a speedier and more cost effective and responsive service to everyone."

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