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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Council: Solar power for more homes

  • Location: Kensington and Chelsea

  • Purpose: In order to reach its 2040 net zero target, the borough’s buildings and heat need to be decarbonised, which currently produce 80% of the area’s emissions. With 4,000 listed properties, RBKC has adapted planning laws to make the switch easier while preserving the unique and beautiful character of the buildings.

  • Description: RBKC passed a new planning order which allows solar panels, tiles (or ‘slates’) or solar thermal panels to be installed on Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings without the need for individual consent. To preserve the area’s character and beauty, the solar panels are to be installed without being visible on street level. The council is looking to pass a similar planning order to allow double glazing and heat pumps in Grade II and Grade II* listed properties.

  • Conservative councillor/ council lead: Cabinet Member for Planning, Place and the Environment on Kensington and Chelsea Council, Johnny Thalassites

  • Further links: RBKC website announcement, the planning consent order and an op-ed by lead cabinet member Cllr Johnny Thalassites.

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