High Court – Robin Barnes

Robin Barnes – The High Court has decided that climate change amounts to a material consideration for the purposes of a planning application.

In granting the planning permission, Medway Council had considered that the protection of solar panels from overshadowing by a neighbouring development was a private, rather than public interest.

However the High Court considered that the Local Plan and NPPF both promoted the use of renewable energy schemes to combat climate change. It was therefore a material consideration, and the decision to grant planning permission was quashed.

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