Minimising the effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area
The Contractor will complete a survey of your property and identify suitable locations to position the panels. The most adequate location will take into account where the panels will be exposed to the greatest amount of sunlight throughout the day to maximise the electricity produced.
Of the suitable locations identified, the visual impact of the panels will be most significant when positioned on roof slopes visible from public views. Where possible, panels should be positioned in an area where they are the least visible, however this may not be reasonably practicable if there is only one suitable roof location.
Further to roof space selection, there are a number of ways the visual impact of panels can be reduced:
- Ensure panels are spaced evenly on the roof slope and not in an irregular pattern.
- Ensure the position of the panels would retain even distances to the roof margins (ridge, eaves, party walls) and/or walls margins;
- Place panels behind parapets or roof features where possible (such as chimneys), and where these features do not cause shading issues.
- Run cabling in a position to minimise visibility from the street and adjacent properties.
- Use cabling and cable ducts which are in keeping with the colour of the building exterior (such as black for brick building, white for white rendered building).
These measures and panel placing should be discussed with the Contractor to minimise visual impact of the installation, as required for works to be considered permitted development condition.
If you are unsure whether the proposed installation is considered permitted development, or you want to be certain that your installation is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.