A guide to living in a conservation area

Satellite dishes and solar panels

In a conservation area, planning permission is needed to install any satellite dishes on any wall, roof slope or chimney which both faces onto and is visible from a highway.

If a dish is to be installed within a conservation area, then the very highest standards of care in locating and installing the equipment will be required in order to protect the special character of such an area.

Specific good practice guidance is available in relation to the appropriate size and siting of satellite dishes on buildings, both within and outside conservation areas, by contacting the Design and Conservation officers in the Planning Policy team.

If your property is in a conservation area, planning permission is needed if solar panels are to be fitted on the front or side elevation walls and they are visible from the highway.

If panels are to be fitted to a building in your garden, they should not be visible from the highway.

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