Shropshire Solar

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

Planning permission requirements vary from council to council.

Open any newspaper or magazine, turn on the television or radio and there is a very good chance you will see or hear something about climate change, energy policy or renewable technology. There is a lot of interest in renewable technology in the mass media and our Government have stated its aim to be at the forefront of the development of technology and legislation to help reverse the effects of climate change.

All domestic solar thermal installations in England are permitted developments so they don't require planning permission, provided they fit within the below criteria. Installation on a roof or wall is allowed as a permitted development provided: The equipment is installed on the wall or roof of the dwelling and that it does not protrude more than 200mm above the roof.

Note: flat plate collectors installed with an in-roof kit meet this requirement. An application for planning permission is recommended for on roof installations of these flat plate collectors.

The highest part of the equipment is below the highest part of the roof, excluding any chimneys.

Certain additional conditions apply to listed buildings, World Heritage Sites and in conservation areas for which further advice should always be gained.

Installation of a stand-alone solar system (i.e. an A-frame installation) is allowed as a permitted development provided:

  • The highest point of the installation is less than 4m above ground level.
  • The installation is more than 5m from the boundary of the property.
  • The total surface area of the panels does not exceed 9m² and no dimension of the array is greater than 3m in total.
  • There is only one array installed.

Certain additional conditions apply to listed buildings, World Heritage Sites and in conservation areas for which further advice should always be gained.

Separate legislative changes are being considered for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for commercial premises although, at present, existing planning laws remain in force which means in these cases you should always contact your council to confirm whether planning permission is needed.

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