30 May '11, 11pm

Council accused of "cocking a snook" at solar homeowners

West Lancashire Borough Council has become the latest local authority to be accused of forcing householders who want to fit solar panels to unnecessarily apply for planning permission, in what critics have described as "a blatant money grab". Installation firm Eco Environments has claimed the council wrote to residents telling them an official application must be made to avoid "possible enforcement action" in the event of panels that require planning permission being fitted without formal permission. FURTHER READING Exclusive: Labour joins fight for clearer solar planning rules EOS launches £20m solar panel giveaway The company also alleges the council is unnecessarily encouraging households to spend £75 per application in return for a Certificate of Lawfulness – a claim the council denies. The Labour government amended the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Deve...

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