Fitting solar panels in conservation areas (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2021.

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Which boroughs have instigated Article 4 Directions so that residents need planning permission to put solar PV on their homes in conservation areas? Could you provide the information in table form listing the boroughs, the conservation areas within them subject to Article 4 Directions, and how much land this covers in square kilometres.

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Around 14 per cent of homes in London are in conservation areas. We do not hold data on the number of Article 4 Directions across London within conservation areas or the areas these cover. Each borough will have information on individual conservation areas and any relevant Article 4 Directions that apply to them.

Boroughs may use an Article 4 Direction to remove PD rights to protect a conservation area from development that is likely to cause harm to the character or conservation value of that area. Removing PD rights does not necessarily mean that solar panels cannot be installed in conservation areas, but that they may require planning permission.