Environmental Law: Climate Change – changing attitudes to renewables


A High Court judge has ruled that a council which granted consent for an extension to a house was wrong to treat objections from a neighbour as immaterial. The neighbour objected to the proposed extension on the basis that it would overshadow their solar panels and reduce their ability to generate electricity from a renewable source. The judge said that with climate change being so high on the national agenda, the impact of overshadowing solar panels was a material planning consideration and should have been considered as such.

For more details on the case or if you have any questions relating to the environment and planning, please contact our environmental law specialist, Jane Haviland.

Jane Haviland is a solicitor specialising in environmental law in the Business Services Team at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.

Suffolk Environmental Law Solicitors – for more information on our range of legal services, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email bg@barkergotelee.co.uk