The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is currently consulting on proposals to grant permitted development rights for the installation of certain types of small scale renewable energy and low carbon technologies at commercial and domestic properties in England.

The new permitted development rights will extend to the installation of wind turbines and air source heat pumps at domestic properties and an even wider array of technologies, including ground and water source heat pumps, at commercial properties. Structures to house anaerobic digestion systems and biomass boilers on agricultural and forestry land will also fall within the new list of rights.

To ensure that potential impacts are minimised, DCLG will impose a number of limitations on the permitted development rights, which will be specific to each type of technology. It is these proposed limits that the consultation seeks views on.

The consultation closes on 9 February 2010. A copy of the consultation document can be found here.