Woman to launch challenge against ban on solar panels on her home

A view of the property where solar panels were added without planning permissionar panels were fitted
The homeowner's home is located to the rear of these terraced houses in Ashbourne (Image credit: Google Street View)

A homeowner has said she is challenging her local council after being told to remove solar panels from the roof of her home. 

Mary Smail, 63, originally asked Derbyshire Dales District Council for permission to add solar panels to the roof of her home in Ashbourne in the Peak District in 2020, but was refused on the grounds that her home is listed and inside a conservation area. 

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