There’s a planning application in at the moment to install 109 solar panels on the roof of Philpot House in Rayleigh (the offfice building opposite Rayleigh Station). Officers are recommending approval:
The building is at the bottom of a hill therefore it would be possible for the panels to be viewed from some of the properties located further up the hill, particularly no.’s 2 – 8 Mount Close whose first floor windows on the rear elevation look towards this building. It is also possible that some properties in Castle Drive and Crown Hill could see the roof area of this building but they would benefit from more of an angled view. As the properties in Mount Close already look onto the flat roof area of Philpot House it is not considered that the panels would provide a more detrimental outlook than the present view.
The agent has advised that the panels would be angled to the south (which does not correspond with the roof plan submitted which suggests that they would either be angled to the east or west). The agent has also advised that the panels should not reflect light to any great degree as they will be coated with a material to reduce reflection and by their nature are designed so that they absorb light. On this basis it is not considered that the panels would have a detrimental impact on local residents in terms of glare. However, it is considered necessary to impose a planning condition requiring a new plan to be supplied showing the precise positioning of the panels on the roof and their angle.
By coincidence, there’s another application up for consideration this week involving solar energy. It’s at Church Hall Farm, Pagelsham ,for a grain store with solar panels on the roof.It’s also recommended for approval. You can find both applications here (154 kb)