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Consultation on changes to planning permitted development rights to protect the environment and help address climate change

RTPI Northern Ireland's Response

This consultation forms part of the continuing review of permitted development rights being undertaken by the Department for Infrastructure. The Department for Infrastructure is seeking views on proposals to revise permitted development rights for the installation of domestic microgeneration equipment such as heat pumps and provide new permitted development rights for reverse vending machines.

The RTPI supports the principle of reducing any unnecessary burdens on the planning system. The RTPI also supports the encouragement of the generation of alternative forms of energy, particularly from renewable sources. The RTPI would welcome a general promotion by the Department of the reduction of household energy usage in the interests of addressing climate change and securing long term fuel security. However, the domestic micro-generation of renewables should be promoted, where it is able to offer viable production.

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