Solar panels for all new homes rejected

Solar panels for all new homes rejected

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:46am 21st October 2019.

Dorset Council will do nothing to ensure all new homes are built with solar panels – despite declaring a climate emergency.

It claims its hands are being tied by Government policy.

Climate campaigner Dr Kevin Shillington has asked the authority to follow the example of the London borough of Camden with the policy of having solar panels on new buildings.

He told councillors in a public question to the authority:

"An emergency requires emergency action and Dorset Council must not be found wanting on this."

"So, will Dorset Council follow the lead of Camden Council in London and make it a requirement for obtaining planning consent on all new structures that solar panels be installed on the roofs of all new domestic, industrial and commercial premises, with immediate effect, even if that entails going beyond national planning regulations and if necessary standing up to central government and developer company lobbyists?"

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But planning brief holder David Walsh said the council would not be able to go beyond legislation and national planning policy guidelines – to do so would risk the authority getting bogged down in legal challenges.

Mr Walsh said that the county’s response to climate change would partially be tackled through the next Local Plan which is due to come into effect in 2023.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter