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3. Stand alone solar panel installations in the grounds of a non-domestic building

All the following conditions must be observed:

  • panels should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the amenity of the area
  • panels must be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise any impacts from glint or glare
  • when no longer needed for generation, panels should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.

All the following limits must be met:

  • the solar panels are not within 3km of an airport or aerodrome
  • only the first stand alone solar installation will be permitted development. Further installations will require planning permission.
  • no part of the installation should be higher than 4 metres.
  • the installation should be at least 5m from the boundary of the property.
  • the size of the array should be no more than 9 square metres or 3m wide by 3m deep.
  • panels should not be installed within the boundary of a listed building or a scheduled monument.
  • if the property is in a designated area* no part of the solar installation should be nearer to any highway bounding the grounds of the property than the part of the building that is nearest to that highway.

* Designated land includes national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

Note - If you are a leaseholder you may need to get permission from your landlord, freeholder or management company.