Privet hedge cannot screen photo voltaic panels

A reporter has refused to accept a claim by the owner of a dwelling in northwest Scotland that 16 photovoltaic panels erected in the front garden would be screened by a recently planted privet hedge, concluding that they undermined the character of a small village.

In being unable to decide whether the panels would affect the road safety of users of a trunk road as a consequence of sunlight glare, he agreed that the panels were out of character with the village and had doubts about the ability of the hedge to screen the panels effectively. In any event, the growth of the hedge would in itself be out of character with the area with other front gardens being generally open. The panels had the additional disadvantage of interfering with the visibility of an access to another dwelling to the south of the site which would reduce highway safety. They could also lead to an undesirable precedent being set if other homeowners sited panels in their front gardens, increasing the visual impact.

Reporter: Michael Shiel; Written representations


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