The "GPDO Part 14 Classes A and B - LDC Appeal Decisions" document has been updated to include 1 additional appeal decision relating to solar panels on domestic premises, for which the conclusions are as follows:
September 2023 - Code P14CAB-013 (appeal allowed):
- This appeal decision provides an example of where the Inspector assessed the solar panels against conditions A.2(a) and A.2(b) (which require that such equipment is, so far as practicable, sited so as to minimise its effect on (a) “the external appearance of the building” and (b) “the amenity of the area”) and concluded that this would be acceptable.
[Conclusion: The solar panels on the south front roof slope of the main house do comply with A.2(a) and A.2(b)].
- This appeal decision provides an example of where the Inspector (specifically) concluded that A.1(c) does not prevent solar panels on a roof slope.
[Quote: “However, subsequent to a shift in the Council’s understanding of limitation A.1.(c) and an associated interpretation of Condition A.2.(a), the Council have confirmed in writing that they do not wish to contest the appeal. [...] There is now no dispute between the main parties that the proposed installation would meet the specified restrictions in paragraph A.1 of Class A, including limitation A.1.(c). This concerns wall-mounted equipment and applies to sites within a Conservation Area. However, as the proposal is for roof-mounted equipment, in agreement with the Council’s revised position, I am satisfied that the proposal is not caught by the A.1.(c) limitation.”].
- This appeal decision provides an example of where the Inspector (specifically) concluded that condition A.2(c) (which requires that solar panels are “removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer needed”) does not prevent the issuing of an LDC under section 192 (proposed).
[Quote: “For completeness, Condition A.2(c) requires that the equipment is removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer needed. The application form confirms that the proposed operation of the panels would be temporary. Their removal when no longer required was subsequently confirmed by the appellant in correspondence with the Council on 5 June 2022. Accordingly, I find there would be no reason to anticipate conflict with that condition of the Class A provisions.”].
- To view the conclusions, summaries, and decision notices for any of the above appeals, please view the "GPDO Part 14 Classes A and B - LDC Appeal Decisions" document. As a member of the Planning Jungle website, you can view the decision notices for all of the appeals on the website for no extra cost.
- Any of the above conclusions marked with a "(*)" contradict other appeal decisions. The "Reference Section" within the above document indicates how many appeals have supported and contradicted each particular conclusion.