Does the Welsh Government have any plans to update the distance regulation for air source heat pumps to reflect such developments in England and Scotland?
The Welsh Government introduced extensive permitted development rights for microgeneration renewable energy schemes in 2012. This included provisions for the addition of air source heat pumps to domestic properties without the need for planning permission.
Currently, one air source heat pump can be installed when it is to be used solely for heating purposes provided that it complies with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Planning Standards and subject to the following conditions:
Permitted development rights are kept under review and are amended when it can be demonstrated that changes would facilitate the Welsh Government’s decarbonisation policies and not introduce potentially unacceptable impacts on the environment, the amenity of adjacent houses / properties or surrounding uses.