Why this homeowner needed planning permission for a heat pump in his garden

An air source heat pump in a back garden
Heat pumps don't normally need planning permission but this homeowner in Monmouthshire was told he did (Image credit: Monmouthshire County Council)

A homeowner in Wales was told he needed to apply for planning permission for his heat pump because of a lesser known planning rule.

Tim Croker from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, was told he needed planning permission for his air source heat pump because it was within three metres of a neighbouring property.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.