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Dear Sirs,I write with regard to this page on your web site..http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/solarpanels/Specifically I feel additional guidance must be provided on the following conditions:“Panels on a building should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the appearance of the building. They should be sied, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the amenity of the area.”It is clear some councils are interpreting these conditions very differently to others. At issue is the interpretation of “as far as practicable” when the only available south facing roof surface fronts a highway. Some councils are saying that putting the panels on the NORTH face would minimise the impact on the appearance of the building so by implication panels on the SOUTH face require Planning Permission. Clearly putting solar PV on the NORTH face isn’t “practicable” but they say “practicable” applies to the impact on the building NOT the impact on the solar panels. Other councils such as Guildford council interpret the GPDO in a totally different way. They say that it is the practicability of the solar system that matters so that solar panels on a south facing elevation fronting a highway would be permitted development. They give several examples:http://www.guildford.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=6396&p=0 So a lack of clarity here is leading to totally different interpretations of the law. Some councils are asking people to submit retrospective planning applications for installations other councils say is permitted development.Please can you clarify the situation and/or refer me to additional guidance.Thank you.
Posted By: EmmaGPS, re the CLD - is it a different department who would consider that? Are they not likely to just turn me down on the same grounds?
Posted By: Dominic CooneyIncidentally, PPS22 is cancelled as of yesterday, so are all the others.From now on it's just the NPPF and the Local Plan.
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