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April overhaul for microgeneration grant scheme & planning rules

The Government's Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) has been overhauled which will see more generous grants for schools and public buildings and a relaxation of planning rules for solar panels, ground and water source heat pumps and biomass systems. Relaxation of the planning rules for micro wind and air source heat pumps is expected to follow shortly

From 1st April there will be an increase in grant caps to 50% across all technologies for the schools, charities and public sector phase of LCBP. From 6th April, many homeowners will be able to install microgeneration equipment, like solar panels, without needing to get planning permission as long as there is no impact on others.

"Almost a third of all carbon emissions come from housing," said Housing & Planning Minister Caroline Flint. "This week the rules will change to make it easier for homeowners to put up green technology, like solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint.

"The government is committed to tackling climate change in housing which is why we have set a world-leading timetable for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016."

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