The National Insulation Association (NIA) has been working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to seek relaxations and improvements to the planning process for Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) ahead of Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
The NIA announced this week that DCLG has now published revised guidance clarifying that the installation of SWI, also known as External Wall Insulation (EWI), constitutes an ‘improvement ‘ to a house rather than an ‘enlargement’ or ‘extension’.
The result of this is that in many cases the installation should be able to go ahead under permitted development and a planning application should not be required (outside of conservation areas etc.). DCLG have written to lead planning officers in Local Authorities alerting them to this clarification.
Representatives from the NIA will meet with DECC officials on this matter later this month to assess the implications of the relaxation in planning and discuss what further improvements can be made.
A link to the associated press release from Greg Barker, issued on the 10 January follows:
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