The Dulwich Estate Trustees are currently reviewing their Scheme of Management Guidelines on the installation of roof mounted solar panels. The current Guidelines are available on the website http://www.thedulwichestate.org.uk/som/policy-guidelines/14-solar-energy-panels

The Dulwich Society is keen to know whether its members are satisfied with the current guidelines as outlined below, or whether they consider them too restrictive, or too generous.


Solar panels must not be visible from the road or other public spaces, such as parks, public gardens or sports grounds.

Solar panels on the front roof of a property are highly unlikely to be approved.

The location of solar panels on a roof at the rear of a property should be inconspicuous — the size of the panel should not dominate the roof or spoil the architectural character of the building.

Suitable alternative locations for solar panels may also include at low level in rear gardens, behind parapets on flat roofs or on a garden building.

Please look at the options and email the Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 September listing your preferences and adding any comments

Do you agree that:

1 Front Elevations:

1A Solar panels should be permitted on front roofs

1B Solar panels should not be permitted on front roofs

2 Side Elevations:

2A Solar panels should be permitted on side roofs.

2B Solar panels should be permitted on side roofs but their area should be restricted.

2C Solar panels should not be permitted on side roofs

2D Solar panels should not be permitted on side roofs if they are visible from the street.

2E Solar panels should not be permitted on side roofs if they are visible from sports grounds.

3 Rear Elevations:

3A Solar panels should be permitted on rear roofs.

3B Solar panels should be permitted on rear roofs but their area should be restricted.

3C Solar panels should not be permitted on rear roofs.

3D Solar panels should not be permitted on rear roofs if they are visible from the street.

3E Solar panels should not be permitted on rear roofs if they are visible from sports grounds.

4 Design

4A Solar panels are acceptable when mounted on brackets on top of the existing roof.

4B Solar panels are only acceptable if they are integrated with the roofing material.

5 Age of property:

5A Should the period and character of a property be taken into account when assessing applications for solar panels?

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