Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Microgeneration Equipment
ACE and Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES), who submitted a joint response to this consultation, welcome the Scottish Government’s intention to remove the requirement for planning permission for many microgeneration installations. If done well, this could lead to a marked increase in the take-up of microgeneration, which will make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government’s target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
However, we believe the proposals outlined in the consultation paper are nowhere near permissive enough to fulfil the potential for emissions reduction that microgeneration could deliver. We believe the proposals show a distinct lack of ambition for Scotland, and are frankly at odds with the SNP Government’s stated aim of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.
A change in approach is needed in our view, from the over-riding attempt in the consultation document to control microgeneration developments, to one of encouraging and supporting microgeneration developments where appropriate.
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