Agenda item

Full Application - For the installation of 12 solar panels to the existing pitched roof/front elevation, and 6 solar panels to flat room to the rear of The Old Smithy Tearooms, Monyash (NP/DDD/0923/1022, DH)


The report was introduced by the Planning Officer, who outlined the reasons for refusal as set out in the report.


Some Members had visited the site the previous day.


The following spoke under the public participation at meetings scheme:


·         David Driscoll - Applicant


The Members discussed the application and the reasons that had been put forward for refusal and the impact on the village cross.  During the site visit Members had observed other properties in the village that have had solar panels installed and were mindful of the perception of inequality of refusing this application because it is a commercial property.  It was noted that this is a thriving business bringing income and employment to the local community. 


There was a discussion about alternative placement of the panels.  It was noted that the cost of grey solar tiles would be economically prohibitive to the business.  The placing of the solar panels as proposed does not affect the traditional roof structure underneath which would remain untouched.  The proposed coverage is required to make the scheme viable and to generate the 20% of electricity needed. 


The Development and Enforcement Manager stated that planning permission is required for the development and the proposal much be considered on its own merits.  Policies do allow for solar panels in principle and the key issues to consider are the impact of the solar panels upon the area and nearby heritage assets, taking into account the public benefits of the development which could include mitigating the impacts of climate change and improving the viability of a community facility.


A motion to approve the application was proposed, seconded, voted on and carried.




To APPROVE the application contrary to the officer recommendation subject to the following conditions:


1.    The development hereby permitted shall be begun within 3 years from the date of this permission.


2.    The development hereby approved shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the submitted plans and specifications.

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