BCP Council (Bournemouth): Neil McKeon is pleased to secure retrospective planning permission for the installation of photo voltaic roof panels to a school on Cavendish Road, Bournemouth.

In April 2023, a lawful development certificate was refused by BCP Council due to the works not being classed as permitted development and thereby requiring full planning permission. The client approached Pure Town Planning to take on the submission for a full application to secure permission of the photo voltaic panels.

Pure Town Planning prepared the submission to justify the acceptability of the installed solar panels to the school building, which is located in Dean Park Conservation Area and within the setting of a Grade II listed building. JOLP Architectural & Development Services assisted with the plans for the proposal.

The Heritage Officer initially raised concerns with the visibility of the panels and the potential harmful visual impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area. Through on-going consultation with the Officers, a reconfiguration of the solar panels was agreed in order to minimise visibility, without reducing the number of panels. The amended proposal and panel placement was re-assessed by Officers who confirmed that the impact upon the conservation area would be limited – thereby safeguarding the heritage asset.

If you would like to explore the installation of solar panels at your property, contact Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524, or email info@puretownplanning.co.uk to see if we can assist you.