“GPDO Part 14 Classes A and B – LDC Appeal Decisions” – 1 additional appeal decision (total = 15) …

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:

November 2023 - Code P14CAB-015 (appeal allowed):

  • This appeal decision provides an example of where the Inspector assessed the stand-alone solar against condition B.2(a) (which requires that stand-alone solar is, so far as practicable, sited so as to minimise its effect on “the amenity of the area”) and concluded that this would be acceptable.
    [Conclusion: The stand-alone solar to the west rear of the main house does comply with B.2(a)].
  • In particular, the Inspector concluded that certain alternative locations would not be “practicable”.
    [Note: This appeal decision implies (rather than states) this conclusion].
    [Conclusion: Other locations, which are less visible from outside the site, would not be “practicable” because insufficient light and too far from the plant room].
    [Quote: “The Council consider that the positioning of the solar array towards the higher part of the site would not minimise its impact on amenity of the area and would be likely be seen from outside the site due to the reflectiveness of the panels and its functional appearance. No alternative locations have been suggested where the array’s impact on amenity could have been lessened. The array is south facing and positioned to avoid overshadowing from the existing and proposed structures and to be as close as practical to the outbuilding containing the PCV plant. Although the array is likely to be visible from outside the site, this is likely to be the case from any position in the curtilage which is proximate to the plant room and avoids overshadowing. The proposed PV array satisfies the conditions and limitations of Class B and is permitted.”].

Notes:

  • 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.