Solar panels are a ‘material consideration’, planning judge rules

Solar panels on homes are a “material consideration” when deciding on planning permission, a High Court judge ruled today. The case is a new twist on the right-to-light cases that frequently come before the court. It examines whether “a person’s ability to use the sunlight reaching his property to generate electricity falls into a materially different category from the same person’s ability to enjoy sunlight falling into his living room or garden”, according to the judgment, written by Mr Justice Lane. The facts of the case centre on a property in Rochester, Kent. The claimant, William McLennan, was given planning
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