44 Gloucester Road, Lower Swainswick, Bath

Installation of 12no. solar PV panels to the flat roof.
Our Response

44 Gloucester Road is an unlisted mid- to late 20th century dwelling situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. Views of the dwelling are screened from Gloucester Road by 45 Gloucester Road which was recently extended in height by a storey (see 15/01358/FUL) as well as substantial roadside planting. 44 Gloucester Road remains clearly visible as part of the streetscape along Pitman Court, an enclosed residential cul-de-sac. It is worth noting that the dwelling is located on an east-west slope, with extensive landscape views retained from Gloucester Road out towards Larkhall and Lansdown. However, the dwelling is low profile as a single storey flat-roofed structure with a significant cluster of higher density three storey apartment blocks to the immediate south.

The proposed PV panels are indicated to be visible as part of the principal elevation due to their angled position. However, these would not necessarily be out of keeping considering the streetscape is of a varied, largely late 20th century character. The main focus of concern is possible visibility in wider landscape views and how this may be appropriately mitigated; we therefore emphasise the importance of further panel details to secure an appropriately recessive visual finish in accordance with Policy SCR2. We emphasise our preference for ‘frameless’ panels with a matt black finish to minimise reflectivity and possible brightness of appearance and blend in as best as possible with the existing roof covering. The use of a black backing or backsheet is preferred to minimise visibility of grid lines. Panels should sit as flush with the existing roof slope as practicable to prevent a visible ‘increase’ in roof ridge height.

Application Number: 22/01888/FUL
Application Date: 09/05/2022
Closing Date: 24/06/2022
Address: 44 Gloucester Road, Lower Swainswick, Bath
Our Submission Status: Comment