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Permitted Development Rights and Non Domestic Solar Photovoltaic and Thermal Panels

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This report examines existing permitted development rights for non domestic solar panels and whether they remain fit for purpose, and considers options for amending them.

Present permitted development rights are based on an energy output threshold that is generally regarded as too low to meet current and future needs. The report:

  • reviews the approaches to permitted development rights for non domestic solar panels being taken by other UK administrations
  • examines current and future solar panel technology
  • assesses and provides recommendations on three options:
    • an increased permitted development right threshold
    • removal of the permitted development right threshold in favour  of  an impact assessment approach
    • and an impact approach with prior notification.