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The Government encourages microgeneration, which involves small-scale generation of heat and electricity by individuals, with changes to permitted development rights for both householders and commercial property. This has made the installation of microgeneration equipment easier.

A house with a pole-mounted turbine
A house with a pole-mounted turbine © Proven Energy Ltd

Historic England's position

Historic England has developed a position statement on microgeneration, aimed at property owners and local planning authorities. This helps them determine whether the installation of equipment is likely to be acceptable in relation to the historic environment.

The document provides building owners with guidance on the issues they need to consider when thinking about installing microgeneration equipment. 

By helping owners and local planning authorities come to a balanced view on the acceptability of proposals, Historic England will help to ensure minimal long term damage to the historic environment.

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