PO introduced the Officer’s report and recommendation for
approval subject to conditions set out on p.23. She noted that this
was a retrospective application and advised that the item had been
brought before Committee for consideration for the reasons detailed
PO advised that the site was located within the AONB, North-West of
Aylmerton, and affirmed the sites
location, context of the site with the solar panels being located a
considerable distance from neighbours, and the type of solar panel
used. The key issues relating to the
proposal were principle and site history, design and renewable
energy, residential amenity, and impact on the AONB.
- Cllr V Holliday thanked the PO for her report and asked about
the anti-reflective surface of the solar panels and the amount of
solar glare limited, as she was uncertain if this could be
quantitated. She observed that the Landscape Sensitivity Assessment
Document had not been referenced in the report, and considered this
document contained detail which may be beneficial.
PO advised that information about the solar panels provided to
Members had been provided by the Applicant. She confirmed she could
speak to the Applicant to seek further clarification about the
solar panels and their surface coating, should this be of
MPM commented that it was in the interest of the developer that the
solar panels were anti-reflective and angled correctly, otherwise
the efficiency of the panels be reduced. The MPM noted comments
regarding the Landscape Sensitivity Assessment Document and advised
that he considered that there was enough information presented to
Members to enable them to make their determination.
- Cllr G Mancini-Boyle expressed his hope that the solar panels
were of the latest technology and were recyclable, noting that this
had been a problem for older models.
Chairman reiterated that this was a retrospective application and
that the panels should be considered as they currently
- Cllr A Fitch-Tillett noted that the
application was contained within the AONB and that she was assured
that any application located within the AONB would be scrutinised
by Norfolk Coast Partnership with their own team of planners, and
that they would have commented had they been concerned about the
application. She stated that as Norfolk Coast Partnership were
happy with the application, she too was happy.
- Cllr A Brown expressed his support
for the application and proposed acceptance of the Officers
recommendation subject to conditions. He stated the importance and
usefulness of solar panels in generating electricity which could be
fed back into the grid, and noted that the proposal accorded with
the Local Plan and with the Councils Climate Emergency
- Cllr P Heinrich commented that had the panels been located on a
roof they may not have been brought before Committee. He stated
that the panels were on a small scale, out of the way, providing
clean energy to the site, and that such developments should be
encouraged. He affirmed that small scale schemes were the future
and expressed his disappointment that the government did not
recognise this and provide appropriate grants for such schemes.
Cllr P Heinrich seconded the Officers recommendation.
Chairman expressed her support for the use of solar panels and
noted the provision for energy to be fed back into the grid was
available but that the amount of money being paid to owners was
continuing to decrease, something she found
- Cllr A Yiasimi expressed his support
of the Officers Report and stated that he saw no issue with the
- Cllr J Toye affirmed that he regularly walked past the site,
throughout various times of the day and year, and that he was
unaware that solar panels had been installed as they were that low
- Cllr P Fisher agreed that the panels could not be easily seen
from the adjacent eastern footpath, and that he too was unaware
that the panels had been sited. He commended the PO for her report
and relayed positive feedback he had received about
UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED by
14 votes for.
That Planning ApplicationPF/22/1298 be APPROVED subject to conditions
relating to the following matters and any others considered
necessary by the Assistant Director for Planning.
of installation when no longer required.
wording of conditions to be delegated to the Assistant Director for