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Appeal: Solar panel’s harm to listed home outweighs benefits

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An inspector has refused retrospective permission for a solar panel installed on a grade II listed home in Moseley, Birmingham, ruling that its environmental benefits were outweighed by harm to the architectural interest of the house.

The appeal relates to a detached, two-storey house in Moseley, south Birmingham, that was grade II listed in 1982. Noting the property’s Flemish-bonded brickwork, flat window arches and “austere, uncomplicated elegance”, inspector G J Fort considered it to make a “considerable contribution” to the significance of the nearby Moseley conservation area. The........
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