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Planning regulations relaxed for solid wall insulations

Climate change minister Greg Barker has announced that planning rules are to be relaxed for Green Deal solid wall insulations, in a boost to the sector.

The clarification, agreed between the departments of Energy and Climate Change and Communities and Local government, means most installations won’t need planning permission.

Under the new rules, insulation installations will be classified as an improvement, rather than an extension or an enlargement.

Mr Barker said he expected the solid wall market to be the most significant area of Green Deal activity.

“From the get go there will be a transformation [in solid wall]. Planning will not present a problem,” said Mr Barker.

He also said the initiative was already acting as a pull on innovation, with a boost to product development, and that “a whole new supply chain is going to be created.”

The Green Deal, which is the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy, launches on 28 January, when finance for the improvements will become available.

DCLG is also considering changing the size limits for householder extensions.

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