Solar Power in Conservation Areas

One of the questions that circulate solar power installation is, if they can be installed in conservation areas or areas where listed buildings occupy.

With the UK government keen for the nation to adopt solar panel use, regulations surrounding them are relatively lenient. However, there are some regulations that installation must remain within the boundaries of.

Conservation Areas

A conservation area is a place of special architecture or history within the UK in both rural and urban areas. They can be entire villages or historic centres in urban areas, and whilst many may think they are individual buildings within an area, it is the whole of the area in character.

Conservation areas are protected by the law, and listed buildings within the areas are subject to their regulations, which means that any work on them needs permission granted by a local planning authority – including the installation of solar panels.

Rules

As a permitted development, there would be rules that installers would need to abide by to implement solar into a conservation area.

The first being that the panels being installed will not be permitted to be on the highest part of the roof and cannot stick out more than 20cm from the roof. The look and architectural and aesthetic integrity of the building in question will always be of prime importance, and the work being done to install solar panels to the building should not impact this negatively. This will require a lot of work by the installers in planning the best kind of system to implement.

Any solar panels that are not being used on the building will also require immediate removal to stick with this regulation.

If the building is a listed building, panels are not permitted to be installed on the building or grounds. If you live in a conservation area and want solar panels installed, your local council will require contact to determine if the changes from installation will be able to maintain the area aesthetically.

Regulations to Consider

There are extra considerations when working with solar power installation on these particular sites in regards to the buildings.

The existing roof will need to be checked and proven to be able to sustain the weight of the panels, and electrical installations will also need to be addressed throughout the building also. If the building does not meet these regulations it may require extra electrical work and strengthening before installation can be undertaken.

Working with professional installers for commercial and domestic solar are on hand to aid through the process of handling many kinds of specialist installation procedures. Contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today if you are unsure of where you stand in having renewable energy in your conservation area.

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