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Planning laws to be relaxed for green solutions
The Scottish Government will unveil plans this week which would allow more householders to power and heat their homes without needing planning permission.
While many homeowners can now install technologies including solar panels, ground and water source heat pumps without planning consent, anyone seeking to erect their own wind turbine or air source heat pump must first get permission.
A consultation, to be launched on Friday 5 February, sets out circumstances where it would be suitable for people to install such technologies without having to make a planning application.
The proposals seek to remove barriers to householders who want to play their part in cutting emissions through use of small-scale micro generation technologies while safeguarding the quality of the environment.
Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said: "We are determined to help people cut energy bills and play their part in reducing emissions. By cutting red tape in the planning system we can make it easier for households to generate their own clean, green energy.
"Encouraging greater use of microgeneration by homeowners can provide an important boost to Scotland's renewables sector, potentially generating additional jobs in this world class green industry.”