Despite being green – wind turbines need planning permission

Just because it’s green doesn’t mean the normal rules and regulations regarding planning and other permissions don’t apply.

Take planning permission for Wind Turbines for example.

As the Governments Planning Portal site admits – “the planning regime for installing wind turbines is complex and evolving”.

At present, you’ll need planning permission from your local authority to place a domestic wind turbine on your house or on the grounds surrounding your home.

Each local authority decides what information it wants to consider your proposal but in general, they’ll cover the visual impact, noise, vibration, electrical interference (with TV aerials) and safety.

If you’re installing a wind turbine onto the home itself, then building regulations will apply including consideration to the size, weight and force expected to be exerted on the fixing points.

In both cases, free-standing or attached to your house, building regulations will still apply to the electrical part of the installation.

As always, the best advice is check with your local authority before going ahead with anything.

Read the full guidance notes on Planning Portal.

photo credit: fiona macginty

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