Planning Permission for a 10kW heat pump - Fire Safety Policy compliance
I have submitted a Planning Application for a 10kW Heat Pump as I
live in England so anything over 0.6m3 requires permission to be
installed. I chased up the planning department (in Wandsworth) to see
how it was going, and they told me the application is on hold, because
every single application now need to show compliance with the London
Plan Guidance: Fire Safety Policy D12 (A) (see https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/fire_safety_d12a_lpg_pre-consultation_draft.pdf) Presumably this is as a
result of Grenfell. However, it’s asking me:
Information on space provisions for fire appliances and assembly points (criteria 1).
Information on passive and active safety measures (criteria 2).
Information and data on construction products and materials (criteria 3).
Information on means of escape and evacuation strategy (criteria 4).
Information on access and equipment for firefighting (criteria 6).
Has anyone else gone through this for a domestic dwelling? Any tips or suggestions or possible pointers to a website that could help with the answers? I’m not sure I can even fill this in as it says the Planning Fire Safety Strategy should be “a clear statement that sets out who has written and approved the fire safety information for submission with the planning application and their competence (relevant qualifications and experience)”
Seems a bit overkill, especially in light of a heat pump being outside and the fact that if it was a tiny bit smaller I wouldn’t have to do this at all! I feel like giving up at this point to be honest were it not for all the work I’ve already put into this submission.TIA
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The wording you quote makes it sound as if you need to pay for the services of a fire safety expert to submit an appraisal of your system. Oh dear.
The planning process for homeowners has been broken by this policy which the council has implemented without due consideration
Criteria 2: <fire alarms in your house>.
Criteria 3: List of doors and escape sized windows
Criteria 6: See point 1.
I, <name> have filled this in as the householder. I am familiar with the property and plans. This is proportionate to the scale of the application being made as stated in <paragraph references>
For a major development the plans need to be detailed and rigorous. For a single house they don't need anything like that depth and it does not state you need a professional.
Presumably ABrass has hit the nail on the head and for a normal domestic install, the fire safety 'stuff' may be straight forward box ticking?
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