|Here’s some interesting info I picked up from the YouGen e-news I’m subscribed to:
Eden Vale Council in Cumbria makes people apply for building regulations for a solar installation and charges £100 for the pleasure. In Dorset you must fill in a form and pay £42, while over the border in Devon the council confirms permitted development over the phone. West Lancashire Borough Council insists people pay £75 to be sent a letter confirming they don’t need planning permission.
It’s madness. Central government says one thing, and local government’s do what they want. We’ve joined Eco-Environment’s campaign for a consistent approach, wherever you live. Two shadow ministers are on board, plus the Tory MP for Penrith and the Borders. If your local council’s caused you any problems, please let us know by commenting in the YouGen blog (or email Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org)