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Council mocked for ‘bonkers’ decision to reject its OWN planning permission solar panels request


A council has been mocked for its ‘bonkers’ decision to reject its OWN request for planning permission to put solar panels on its Grade II-listed concrete and brick headquarters. 

Locals taunted Medway Council in Kent after their own planning officers recommended blocking the request because the eco-friendly panels would ruin the ‘architectural significance of the building.’

Sent to the Conservative-led council on March 7, the request asked for permission to install ‘solar panels on roof with an annual yield of 44.66 MWh’ on top of their office building. 

However the planning committee – who are set to decide on the issue next Wednesday – was told to block the idea because the solar panels will look ‘out of place.’

Gun Wharf, the council’s concrete and brick office block, was built in 1978 – but was granted Grade II listed status in 2015. 

Medway Council's headquarters Gun Wharf (pictured) was built in the 1970s and is a Grade II-listed building. The council want to place solar panels on its office roof - but their own planning team have recommended blocking the request

Medway Council’s headquarters Gun Wharf (pictured) was built in the 1970s and is a Grade II-listed building. The council want to place…



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