Green Home Improvements
Great for the Environment, Your Home and Your Wallet
Whatever type of home we live in, there are things we can do to make them greener, healthier and more comfortable places to live. This could be smaller changes, such as switching to LED lighting, or larger projects such as installing wall insulation and solar panels.
- Greening Your Home Guide
- Renewable Energy (including planning requirements)
- Sustainable Design and Construction SPD
The guide will provide information that will help you to update, renovate and improve your home in an environmentally sensitive way. Positive changes can be made in many ways, from changing a light bulb or your boiler to larger scale renovation works, and opportunities will arise over time as you gradually repair, extend, rebuild and replace parts of your home.
The information in Greening your home leaflet (PDF, 836KB) will help you to:
- Save energy and money in the home (including insulation, window and draught proofing; renewable energy, high-efficiency boilers and heating controls; planning permission and building control requirements0
- Save water and reduce water pollution (including rainwater harvesting, grey water systems and green roofs)
- Choose environmentally sound materials
- Recycle and reduce your household waste
- Improve your garden to enhance biodiversity
- Know where to find further information
Energy used in our homes contributes over half of all carbon emissions in Haringey. As climate change is a key environmental challenge today we encourage all residents to take steps to use energy wisely and to consider the use of renewable energy technologies in their homes.
Living in a conservation area or a listed building means that you need to pay attention to the special character of your property when considering energy conservation and use of renewable energy.
- We have produce a guide on Renewable Energy for Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas (PDF, 1MB) which provides information on appropriate ways to install renewable energy systems without impacting upon the special character of your property.
Many (but not all) renewable energy projects are Permitted Development, that is they can be carried out without Planning Permission. This is defined by the government, and they have chosen to make as many renewable energy projects as possible permitted development to encourage them.
Unlike for most other forms of development that can be Permitted Development (PD), the PD rights for renewable energy systems apply to blocks of flats as well as houses. So renewable energy installations that are permitted development to houses are also to flats and planning permission would not be needed provided the relevant conditions are complied with.
Installation of Solar Panels (for heating hot water or generating electricity) in most situations is permitted development. The exceptions are anywhere in certain Article 4 Direction Areas, to walls of buildings in Conservation Areas (if visible), where they are in a different plane or higher than the roof, certain free standing panels (not fixed to the building) or any panels not in single family dwellings, although in non residential locations they can be permitted development if more than 5m from a boundary.
See our Solar Together London page for details on how to get high quality solar panels for your home at a highly competitive price.
Other renewable energy systems
Installation of Ground Source Heat Pumps, Water Source Heat Pumps, a Flue forming part of a Biomass Heating System or Combined Heat and Power System, an Air Source Heat Pump and a Wind Turbine can also be Permitted Development provided detailed conditions relevant to the type of renewable energy system are complied with.
- The best place to find out exactly what is permitted development and read the relevant conditions is the government's Planning Portal (external link)
- This information sheet provides a summary of Planning and Building Control requirements (PDF, 16KB) for renewable energy installations, however some local factors elsewhere, such as Listed Buildings and Article 4 Directions, are not covered. If you have any queries please consult with a Haringey Planning Officer
- You can also see the guide on our Do I need planning permission page where you can find details of how to talk to a Haringey Planning Officer for advice
More detailed guidance on sustainability for all buildings can be found in our Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This shows how the design and construction of all buildings can incorporate sustainability, protect natural resources, enhance biodiversity and reduce construction waste, environmental pollution and CO2 emissions. As an SPD, part of the Council's Local Development Framework of planning policies, it's contents have greater weight in the consideration of planning applications.
This SPD is currently under preparation, including a wide ranging public consultation. Full details, including the consultation draft version of the document, supporting documents and details of how to participate in the consultation, can be found on the Sustainable Design and Construction draft SPD page.
Planning, Environment and Transport
River Park House
225 High Road
Tel 020 8489 1000